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Delivery Offices Cost Frontier: a Robust Non Parametric Approach with Exogenous Variables

  • Cazals, Catherine
  • Dudley, Paul
  • Florens, Jean-Pierre
  • Patel, S.
  • Rodriguez, Frank

This paper deals with an analysis of the efficiency of delivery post offices from an estimated cost frontier. Our focus is to apply a robust non parametric approach for the cost frontier estimation, called the order-m frontier, based on the concept of "expected minimum cost" and to extend it to take into account some environmental variables. We illustrate our approach using a cross-section data set on delivery offices.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 406.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Publication status: Published in The Review of Network Economics, vol.�7, n°2, juin 2008, p.�294-308.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:5999
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