Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 103–121 | Cite as

Assessing the productivity of the Italian hospitality sector: a post-WDEA pooled-truncated and spatial analysis

  • Claudio Detotto
  • Manuela Pulina
  • Juan Gabriel Brida


This paper analyses the productivity of the hospitality sector (hotel and restaurants) in Italy at a regional level by using a mix of non-parametric and parametric approaches. A novel pooled-truncated and spatial analysis is employed, based upon a window data envelopment analysis (WDEA), where pure technical efficiency is computed. The WDEA results show that Lombardy is the best relative performer. However, overall Italian regions reveal important sources of inefficiency mostly related to their inputs. As a post-WDEA, the pooled-truncated estimation indicates that the rate of utilisation and regional intrinsic features positively affect hospitality efficiency. Nevertheless, the spatial analysis does not support evidence of spill-over effects amongst Italian regions.


Regional hospitality sector Dynamic window data envelopment analysis Double bootstrap Pooled-truncated regression Spatial heterogeneity 

JEL Classification

C14 C24 L83 R11 



Manuela Pulina and Claudio Detotto acknowledge the financial support provided by the Banco di Sardegna Foundation (Prot. 1713/2010.0163). Juan Gabriel Brida acknowledges the financial support provided by the Free University of Bolzano, projects: “L’efficienza delle imprese turistiche in Italia” and “The Contribution of Tourism to Economic Growth”. Manuela Pulina acknowledges the financial support provided by the Free University of Bolzano (SECS-P/01—Economia Politica). The views expressed here are those of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Detotto
    • 1
  • Manuela Pulina
    • 1
  • Juan Gabriel Brida
    • 2
  1. 1.Researcher at Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord e Sud (CRENoS) and Department of Economics (DiSEA)Università di SassariSassariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics at the School of Economics and ManagementFree University of BolzanoBolzanoItaly

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