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Estimation of technical inefficiency effects using panel data and doubly heteroscedastic stochastic production frontiers.

Hadri, K. and Guermat, C. and Whittaker, J. (2003) 'Estimation of technical inefficiency effects using panel data and doubly heteroscedastic stochastic production frontiers.', Empirical economics., 28 (1). pp. 203-222.


In previous studies, measures of technical inefficiency effects derived from stochastic production frontiers have been estimated from residuals which are sensitive to specification errors. This study corrects for this inaccuracy by extending the doubly heteroscedastic stochastic cost frontier suggested by Hadri (1999) to the model for technical inefficiency effects. This model is a stochastic frontier production function for panel data as proposed by Battese and Coelli (1995). The study uses, for illustration of the techniques, data on 101 mainly cereal farms in England. We find that the correction for heteroscedasticity is supported by the data. Both point estimates and confidence intervals for technical efficiencies are provided. The confidence intervals are constructed by extending the "Battese-Coelli" method reported by Horrace and Schmidt (1996) by allowing the technical inefficiency to be time varying and the disturbance terms to be heteroscedastic. The confidence intervals reveal the precision of technical efficiency estimates and show the deficiencies of making inferences based exclusively on point estimates.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Stochastic frontier production, Heteroscedasticity, Technical efficiency, Elasticity, Panel data.
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Record Created:27 Mar 2007
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