Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 125–137

Measures in DEA with an Application to the Malmquist Index

  • Robert M. Thrall

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007800830737

Cite this article as:
Thrall, R.M. Journal of Productivity Analysis (2000) 13: 125. doi:10.1023/A:1007800830737


This paper shows the importance of goal vectors G in measuring and dealing with DEA inefficiencies. It emphasizes the advantages of the family of additive relative to the traditional oriented DEA models and shifts the primary emphasis to measuring inefficiency rather than efficiency. This new (raw) inefficiency measure RIN incorporates both the traditional DEA efficiency and the DEA slacks and provides the background for a new approach to the Malmquist Index. The final section points out some deficiencies in existing computational procedures for selecting G and calls for continued research on the selection process, as well as showing a role for G in returns to scale studies.

additive and oriented DEA modelsgoal vectorinefficiency measuresMalmquist Indexreturns to scale

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Thrall
    • 1
  1. 1.Jones Graduate School of ManagementRice UniversityUSA