This book describes the method of data envelopment analysis that uses mathematical programming techniques to obtain measures of efficiency of individual forms from their observed input and output quantities. The method permits setting up realistic input-output targets for the firm's managers. A firm is considered to be technically inefficient when it fails to yield the maximum quantity of output producible from the input bundle it uses. Measurement of technical efficiency is important for performance evaluation and provides an objective basis for differential rewards in the context of production.
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Table of Contents1. Introduction and overview; 2. Productivity, efficiency, and data envelopment analysis; 3. Variable returns to scale: separating technical and scale efficiencies; 4. Extensions to the basic DEA models; 5. Non-radial models and Pareto-Koopmans measures of technical efficiency; 6. Efficiency measurement without convexity assumption: free disposal hull analysis; 7. Dealing with slacks: assurance region/cone ratio analysis, weak disposability, and congestion; 8. Efficiency of merger and break up of firms; 9. Efficiency analysis with market prices; 10. Nonparametric approaches to production analysis; 11. Measuring total factor productivity change over time; 12. Stochastic approaches to data envelopment analysis; 13. Looking ahead.