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An Overall Measure of Technical Inefficiency at the Firm and at the Industrial Level: The 'Lost Return on the Dollar' Revisited

  • Juan Aparicio

    (University Miguel Hernandez of Elche)

  • Jesus T. Pastor

    (University Miguel Hernandez of Elche)

  • Subhash Ray

    (University of Connecticut)

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    As a measure of overall technical inefficiency the Directional Distance Function (DDF) introduced by Chambers, Chung, and Färe ties the potential output expansion and input contraction together through a single parameter. By duality, the DDF is related to a measure of profit inefficiency, which is calculated as the normalized deviation between optimal and actual profit at market prices. As we show, in the most usual case, the associated normalization represents the sum of the actual revenue and the actual cost of the assessed firm. Consequently, the corresponding dual formulation of the DDF has no obvious economic interpretation. In contrast, in this paper we allow outputs to expand and inputs to contract by different proportions. This results in a modified DDF that retains most of the properties of the original DDF. The corresponding dual problem has much simpler interpretation as the lost return on outlay that can be decomposed into a technical and an allocative inefficiency component. JEL Classification: C61, D20 Key words: Data Envelopment Analysis, Directional Distance Function, Profit Inefficiency

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2012
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