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Data Envelopment Analysis for Performance Evaluation: A Child's Guide

  • Subhash C. Ray

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Lei Chen

    (University of Connecticut)

In this paper we offer a simple exposition of the neoclassical production theoretic foundations of Data Envelopment Analysis. The concepts of technical efficiency (both input- and output-oriented), scale efficiency, and cost efficiency are explained and the corresponding DEA models are described in details. We offer step-by-step instruction on how to write the codes for solving the various DEA models using the Solver option in the widely accessible MS Excel software. An important feature of this paper is a detailed exposition of how to write various Visual Basic Macro programs for solving DEA problems. We also describe the non-convex Free Disposal Hull (FDH) procedure and the second-stage regression analysis that seeks to account for variation in measured efficiency scores due to external factors.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2009-38.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2009-38
Note: This paper builds on the material from a keynote address delivered by the first author at the CDE-Swiss Re Workshop on Performance Measurement held by the Delhi School of Economics in Delhi in January 2009.
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