© 2016

Advances in Efficiency and Productivity

  • Juan Aparicio
  • C. A. Knox Lovell
  • Jesus T. Pastor

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 249)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Juan Aparicio, C. A. Knox Lovell, Jesus T. Pastor
      Pages 3-11
  3. Analytical Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Jesus T. Pastor, Juan Aparicio, Javier Alcaraz, Fernando Vidal, Diego Pastor
      Pages 15-57
    3. Mette Asmild, Jens Leth Hougaard
      Pages 59-70
    4. Juan Aparicio, Fernando Borras, Jesus T. Pastor, Jose L. Zofio
      Pages 71-96
    5. Emili Grifell-Tatjé, C. A. Knox Lovell
      Pages 97-120
    6. Nuria Ramón, José L. Ruiz, Inmaculada Sirvent
      Pages 149-180
    7. Juan Aparicio, Martin Gonzalez, Jose J. Lopez-Espin, Jesus T. Pastor
      Pages 195-224
  4. Empirical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Jaap W.B. Bos, Ryan C. R. van Lamoen, Mark W. J. L. Sanders
      Pages 227-248
    3. Jonathan Calleja-Blanco, Emili Grifell-Tatjé
      Pages 249-273
    4. Pavlos Almanidis, Robin C. Sickles
      Pages 331-364
    5. Pablo Arocena, Antonio G. Gómez-Plana, Sofía Peña
      Pages 365-390
    6. Harold O. Fried, Loren W. Tauer
      Pages 391-407

About this book


This book grows from a conference on the state of the art and recent advances in Efficiency and Productivity.  Papers  were commissioned from leading researchers in the field, and include eight explorations into the analytical foundations of efficiency and productivity analysis.  Chapters on modeling advances include reverse directional distance function, a new method for estimating technological production possibilities, a new distance function called a loss distance function, an analysis of productivity and price recovery indices, the relation of technical efficiency measures to productivity measures, the implications for benchmarking and target setting of imposing weight restrictions on DEA models, weight restrictions in a regulatory setting, and the Principle of Least Action.

Chapters on empirical applications include a study of innovative firms that use innovation inputs to produce innovation outputs, a study of the impact of potential “coopetition” or cooperation among competitors on the financial performance of European automobile plants, using SFA to estimate the eco-efficiency of dairy farms in Spain, a DEA bankruptcy prediction model, a combined stochastic cost frontier analysis model/mixture hazard model, the evolution of energy intensity in nine Spanish manufacturing industries, and the productivity of US farmers as they age.


Banking Crisis DEA Efficiency Data Envelopment Analysis Duality Results Economic Efficiency Efficiency Analysis Fisher Indexes Production Efficiency Productivity Stochastic Frontier Analysis Strategic Recombination

Editors and affiliations

  • Juan Aparicio
    • 1
  • C. A. Knox Lovell
    • 2
  • Jesus T. Pastor
    • 3
  1. 1.Center of Operations ResearchMiguel Hernandez University of ElcheElcheSpain
  2. 2.CEPA, School of EconomicsUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Center of Operations ResearchMiguel Hernandez University of ElcheElcheSpain

About the editors

Juan Aparicio is a Lecturer in the Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science at the Operations Research Center of University Miguel Hernandez, Alicante, Spain.  He earned his Ph.D. in Statistics in 2007 at the UMH.  He is Co-Chair (with Lovell Knox) of the Santander Chair on Efficiency and Productivity.  His research interests include Efficiency and Productivity Analysis and Game Theory.

C. A. Knox Lovell is Honorary Professor with the Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Productivity Analysis for a decade. He has authored several books, including Production Frontiers (with Färe and Grosskopf) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (with Kumbhakhar) for Cambridge University Press.

Jesus T. Pastor is a Professor in the Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Informatics at the Operations Research Center of University Miguel Hernandez, Alicante, Spain.  He earned his Bachelor’s, Master, and Ph.D., all in Mathematics, at the University of Valencia, and was awarded as one of the three most relevant Spanish Scientists of 2013 by the Scientific Spanish Association.  His research interests are in Productivity and Efficiency, Statistics, and Informatics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Advances in Efficiency and Productivity
  • Editors Juan Aparicio
    C. A. Knox Lovell
    Jesus T. Pastor
  • Series Title International Series in Operations Research & Management Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.Ser.Operations Res.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48459-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83947-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48461-7
  • Series ISSN 0884-8289
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-7934
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 415
  • Number of Illustrations 29 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Econometrics
    Operations Management
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