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Frontier Estimation and Extreme Values Theory

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  • Daouia, Abdelaati
  • Florens, Jean-Pierre
  • Simar, Léopold

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In this paper we investigate the problem of nonparametric monotone frontier estimation from an extreme-values theory perspective. This allows to revisit the asymptotic theory of the popular Free Disposal Hull estimator in a general setup, to derive new and asymptotically Gaussian estimators and to provide useful asymptotic confidence bands for the monotone boundary function. The finite sample behavior of the suggested estimators is explored through Monte-Carlo experiments. We also apply our approach to a real data set on the production activity of the French postal services.

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  • Daouia, Abdelaati & Florens, Jean-Pierre & Simar, Léopold, 2009. "Frontier Estimation and Extreme Values Theory," IDEI Working Papers 611, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
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    1. Abdelaati Daouia & Hohsuk Noh & Byeong U. Park, 2016. "Data envelope fitting with constrained polynomial splines," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 78(1), pages 3-30, January.
    2. Simar, Léopold & Vanhems, Anne, 2012. "Probabilistic characterization of directional distances and their robust versions," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 166(2), pages 342-354.
    3. Daouia, Abdelaati & Florens, Jean-Pierre & Simar, Léopold, 2012. "Regularization of nonparametric frontier estimators," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 168(2), pages 285-299.
    4. Abdelaati Daouia & Léopold Simar & Paul W. Wilson, 2017. "Measuring firm performance using nonparametric quantile-type distances," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(1-3), pages 156-181, March.
    5. Abdelaati Daouia & Irène Gijbels, 2011. "Robustness and inference in nonparametric partial-frontier modeling," Post-Print hal-00796744, HAL.

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