Productivity Issues in Services at the Micro Level

A Special Issue of the Journal of Productivity Analysis

  • Editors
  • Zvi Griliches
  • Jacques Mairesse

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-iv
  2. Zvi Griliches, Jacques Mairesse
    Pages 1-4
  3. F. Fecher, D. Kessler, S. Perelman, P. Pestieau
    Pages 73-89
  4. Darrell Parsons, Calvin C. Gotlieb, Michael Denny
    Pages 91-109
  5. David H. Good, M. Ishaq Nadiri, Lars-Hendrik Röller, Robin C. Sickles
    Pages 111-121
  6. Ernst R. Berndt, Ann F. Friedlaender, Judy Shaw-Er Wang Chiang, Christopher A. Vellturo
    Pages 123-140
  7. Jacques Mairesse, Elizabeth Kremp
    Pages 207-230

About this book


7 take advantage of the panel structure of their data to control for possible errors of specifica­ tion in their models. It is interesting to note that the econometric and DEA methods may be closer than some of their respective advocates seem to believe. Several of the studies show that the former as well as the latter can be effectively used to assess the relative effi­ ciency of groups of firms or individual firms, and one of them explicitly compare results arising from both (Fecher et al.). Econometric techniques can also be nonparametric and applied to estimating cost or production frontiers (and not only "average" functions), while ultimately DEA should be amenable to statistical inference. Perhaps the most valuable feature of all the analyses is their care and ingenuity in putting together the data, measuring variables, and pulling out relevant information. Many of them are not content with an overall output measure, but endeavor to manage with less aggregated measures. Nearly all also include in the estimated models a number of auxiliary variables intended to control for specific attributes of outputs, inputs, or production techniques, and other characteristics of firms.


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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4975-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2200-9
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