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Modeling Blank Data Entries in Data Envelopment Analysis


  • Timo Kuosmanen

    (Wageningen University)


We show how Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) can handle missing data. When blank data entries are coded by appropriate dummy values, the DEA model automatically excludes the missing data from the analysis. We extend this result to weight-restricted DEA models by presenting a simple modification to the usual weight restrictions, which automatically relaxes the weight restriction in case of missing data. Our approach is illustrated by a case study, describing an application to international sustainable development indices.

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  • Timo Kuosmanen, 2002. "Modeling Blank Data Entries in Data Envelopment Analysis," Econometrics 0210001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpem:0210001
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    1. Léopold Simar & Paul Wilson, 2000. "Statistical Inference in Nonparametric Frontier Models: The State of the Art," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 49-78, January.
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    Data Envelopment Analysis; Weight Restrictions; Missing Data; Blank Entries;

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    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs

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