Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 235–247 | Cite as

Investment and dynamic DEA

  • Pierre Ouellette
  • Li YanEmail author


A dynamic version of data envelopment analysis (DEA) is developed in the present paper. Our model introduces investment in traditional DEA and imposes intertemporal cost minimization. Adding an intertemporal adjustment constraint into the cost minimization problem, we derive the relation between the DEA variables of the variable cost function and those of the primary production frontiers’ coefficients. The augmented DEA model can be solved using standard linear programming. This dynamic framework enables computing the production frontiers, measuring the productive efficiencies and evaluating the potential economies all in the presence of adjustment costs.


Adjustment cost Data envelopment analysis Efficiency Multiple outputs/inputs Quasi-fixed inputs 

JEL Classifications

D24 L23 



We thank Pierre Fortin, Robert Gagné and Pierre Lasserre for their comments on a preliminary version of this paper. We are also indebted to the editor and anonymous referees for their very important comments and suggestions on our work. The usual disclaimer applies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Département des sciences économiquesUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Département des sciences administrativesUniversité du Québec en OutaouaisGatineauCanada

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