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Production Frontiers


  • 75 b/w illus. 9 tables
  • Page extent: 316 pages
  • Size: 234 x 156 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 338.5
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: HB241 .F336 1994
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Production possibility curve
    • Industrial efficiency

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521420334 | ISBN-10: 0521420334)

DOI: 10.2277/0521420334

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This book presents a mathematical programming approach to the analysis of production frontiers and efficiency measurement. The authors construct a variety of production frontiers, and by measuring distances to them are able to develop a model of efficient producer behaviour and a taxonomy of possible types of departure from efficiency in various environments. Linear programming is used as an analytical and computational technique in order to accomplish this. The approach developed is then applied to modelling producer behaviour. By focusing on the empirical relevance of production frontiers and distances to them, and applying linear programming techniques to artificial data to illustrate the type of information they can generate, this book provides a unique study in applied production analysis. It will be of interest to scholars and students of economics and operations research, and analysts in business and government.

• Defines and measures efficiency in industrial production using mathematical methods and empirical data • Authors are established names in the field, whose previous book on this subject was very well received • There will be a market for this in business schools, and among analysts in business, as well as with economists


1. Introduction; 2. Production technology; 3. Input-based efficiency measurement; 4. Output-based efficiency measurement; 5. Indirect input-based efficiency measurement; 6. Indirect output-based efficiency measurement; 7. The measurement of price efficiency; 8. Graph efficiency measurement; 9. Efficiency measurement and productivity measurement; 10. Topics in efficiency measurement.

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