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Estimating total factor productivity using parametric, nonstochastic cost frontiers

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Abstract

The standard approach to measuring total factor productivity can produce biased results if the data are drawn from a market that is not in long-run competititve equilibrium. This article presents a methodology for adjusting data on output and variable inputs to the values they would have if the market were in long-run competitive equilibrium, given the fixed inputs and input prices. The method uses nonstochastic, parametric translog cost frontiers and calculates equilibrium values for output and varible inputs using an iterative linear programming procedure. Data from seven industries for 1970–1979 are used to illustrate the methodology.

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Serot, D.E. Estimating total factor productivity using parametric, nonstochastic cost frontiers. J Prod Anal 4, 407–418 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01073548

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Keywords

  • Standard Approach
  • Total Factor Productivity
  • Factor Productivity
  • Input Price
  • Competitive Equilibrium