Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 193-200

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History lessons

  • W. W. CooperAffiliated withRed McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
  • , C. A. K. LovellAffiliated withCEPA, School of Economics, University of Queensland Email author 


We discuss four frequently overlapping developments in the brief history of efficiency analysis. The developments involve modes of invention, graduate students, international travel, and influential but under-appreciated scholars. We suggest lessons to be learned from each.


Efficiency SFA DEA

JEL Classification

B16 C00 D24