ECON 377/477<br />
2<br />Topic 2<br />Productivity and Efficiency Measurement Concepts<br />
Productivity and efficiency measurement: concepts<br />Concepts and terminology<br />Brief description of the methods<br /...
Index numbers
Stochastic frontier analysis</li></ul>Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />3<br />
Terminology<br />Productivity<br />Technical efficiency<br />Allocative efficiency<br />Cost efficiency<br />Technical cha...
Terminology<br /><ul><li>Point of (technically) optimal scale
Total factor productivity (TFP)
Production frontier
Feasible production set
Output-mix allocative efficiency
Revenue efficiency</li></ul>5<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
Set theoretic representation of a production technology<br /><ul><li>Production function: a single-output technology
Production technology: a multiple-output production process
The technology set consists of all input-output vectors (x,q) such that x can produce q:</li></ul>S = {(x,q): x can produc...
Set theoretic representation of a production technology<br /><ul><li>Output sets: P(x) = {q: x can produce q}</li></ul>			...
Production possibility curves and revenue maximisation: a digression<br /><ul><li>Consider a one-input two-output example,...
The optimal (revenue-maximising) point is the point of tangency between this line and the PPC, shown in the diagram on the...
Production possibility curves and revenue maximisation: a digression<br />q2<br />Optimal point<br />A<br />Isorevenue lin...
Technical change and the PPC<br /><ul><li>Technical change can favour the production of one commodity over another, illust...
The outward shift of the PPC in part (a) is consistent across the output-output space
In contrast, the outward shift of the PPC in part (b) is greater close to the horizontal axis than it is close to the vert...
That is, technical change favours the production of q1 over q2</li></ul>10<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
Technical change and the PPC<br />q2<br />q2<br />PPC(x=x10,t=1)<br />PPC(x=x10,t=1)<br />PPC(x=x10,t=0)<br />PPC(x=x10,t=...
Output and input distance functions<br />Distance functions are closely related to production frontiers<br />Radial contra...
Output distance functions<br />The diagram on the next slide demonstrates an output distance function<br />An output dista...
 Output distance functions<br />q2<br /><ul><li> = 0A/0B
The reciprocal is the factor by which the production of all output quantities can be increased while remaining within the ...
B and C would have distance function values of 1
A would have a distance function value that is less than 1</li></ul>B<br />A<br />q2A<br />C<br />PPC-P(x)<br />P(x)<br />...
Input distance functions<br />The diagram on the next slide demonstrates an input distance function<br />An input distance...
 Input distance functions<br />The function di(x,q) = max{:x/ )L(q)} is:<br /><ul><li>non-decreasing in x
non-increasing in q
linearly homogeneous in x
quasi-concave in q and concave in x</li></ul>If x  L(q), then di (x,q)  1; ρ = 0A/0B<br />If both inputs and outputs are...
Efficiency measurement concepts<br />References: Farrell (1957) and Debreu (1951)<br />Two efficiency components are:<br /...
Input-orientated measures<br />Assume two inputs (x1and x2) and one output (q) under the assumption of constant returns to...
 Input-orientated measures<br />X2/q<br />S<br />P<br />A<br />Q<br />R<br />Q’<br />S’<br />0<br />X1/q<br />A’<br />19<b...
Interpreting input-orientated measures<br />Technical inefficiency can be represented as the distance QP – the amount of i...
Interpreting input-orientated measures<br />Given an input-price ratio, the allocative efficiency index is 0R/0Q<br />No r...
Interpreting input-orientated measures<br />Economic efficiency is EEi= 0R/0P<br />That is, EE = TE*AE<br />We assume the ...
Output-orientated measures<br />To specify a parametric frontier production function in input-output space, consider a Cob...
Output-orientated measures<br />Technical efficiency is calculated as:<br />TEi = yi/f(ln(xi),) = exp (-ui)<br />An outpu...
Output-orientated measures<br />The difference between input- and output-orientated measures can be illustrated by a simpl...
 Output-orientated measures and returns to scale<br />q2<br />(a) DRS<br />(b) CRS<br />f(x)<br />f(x)<br />D<br />D<br />...
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  1. 1. ECON 377/477<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Topic 2<br />Productivity and Efficiency Measurement Concepts<br />
  3. 3. Productivity and efficiency measurement: concepts<br />Concepts and terminology<br />Brief description of the methods<br /><ul><li>Data envelopment analysis
  4. 4. Index numbers
  5. 5. Stochastic frontier analysis</li></ul>Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />3<br />
  6. 6. Terminology<br />Productivity<br />Technical efficiency<br />Allocative efficiency<br />Cost efficiency<br />Technical change<br />Scale efficiency<br />Constant returns to scale ...<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />4<br />
  7. 7. Terminology<br /><ul><li>Point of (technically) optimal scale
  8. 8. Total factor productivity (TFP)
  9. 9. Production frontier
  10. 10. Feasible production set
  11. 11. Output-mix allocative efficiency
  12. 12. Revenue efficiency</li></ul>5<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  13. 13. Set theoretic representation of a production technology<br /><ul><li>Production function: a single-output technology
  14. 14. Production technology: a multiple-output production process
  15. 15. The technology set consists of all input-output vectors (x,q) such that x can produce q:</li></ul>S = {(x,q): x can produce q}<br />Properties: CROB, pp 43-44<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />6<br />
  16. 16. Set theoretic representation of a production technology<br /><ul><li>Output sets: P(x) = {q: x can produce q}</li></ul> = {q: (x,q)  S}<br /><ul><li>Input sets: L(q) = {x: x can produce q}</li></ul> = {x: (x,q)  S}<br /><ul><li>Note the properties of the output set defined by CROB</li></ul>Properties: CROB, pp 43-44<br />7<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  17. 17. Production possibility curves and revenue maximisation: a digression<br /><ul><li>Consider a one-input two-output example, and specify an input requirement function:</li></ul>x1 = g(q1,q2)<br /> to illustrate a production possibility curve (PPC)<br /><ul><li>The isorevenue line is the negative ratio of the output prices
  18. 18. The optimal (revenue-maximising) point is the point of tangency between this line and the PPC, shown in the diagram on the next slide</li></ul>Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />8<br />
  19. 19. Production possibility curves and revenue maximisation: a digression<br />q2<br />Optimal point<br />A<br />Isorevenue line (slope = -p1/p2)<br />PPC(x1=x10)<br />0<br />q1<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />9<br />
  20. 20. Technical change and the PPC<br /><ul><li>Technical change can favour the production of one commodity over another, illustrated on the next slide
  21. 21. The outward shift of the PPC in part (a) is consistent across the output-output space
  22. 22. In contrast, the outward shift of the PPC in part (b) is greater close to the horizontal axis than it is close to the vertical axis
  23. 23. That is, technical change favours the production of q1 over q2</li></ul>10<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  24. 24. Technical change and the PPC<br />q2<br />q2<br />PPC(x=x10,t=1)<br />PPC(x=x10,t=1)<br />PPC(x=x10,t=0)<br />PPC(x=x10,t=0)<br />0<br />q1<br />q1<br />0<br />Neutral technical change<br />Non-neutral technical change<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />11<br />
  25. 25. Output and input distance functions<br />Distance functions are closely related to production frontiers<br />Radial contractions and expansions are involved in defining distance functions<br />They enable description of multi-input and multi-output production technology without the need to specify a behavioural objective<br />Either output or input distance functions are usually specified, but there are also directional distance functions<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />12<br />
  26. 26. Output distance functions<br />The diagram on the next slide demonstrates an output distance function<br />An output distance function considers a maximal proportional expansion of the output vector, given an input vector<br />It is defined on the output set, P(x), as:<br />do(x,q) = min{δ: (q/δ)P(x)}<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />13<br />
  27. 27. Output distance functions<br />q2<br /><ul><li> = 0A/0B
  28. 28. The reciprocal is the factor by which the production of all output quantities can be increased while remaining within the feasible PPC for the given input level
  29. 29. B and C would have distance function values of 1
  30. 30. A would have a distance function value that is less than 1</li></ul>B<br />A<br />q2A<br />C<br />PPC-P(x)<br />P(x)<br />0<br />q1<br />q1A<br />14<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  31. 31. Input distance functions<br />The diagram on the next slide demonstrates an input distance function<br />An input distance function characterises the production technology as the minimal proportional contraction of the input vector, given an output vector<br />It is defined on the input set, L(q), as:<br />di(x,q) = max{ρ: (x/ρ)L(q)}<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />15<br />
  32. 32. Input distance functions<br />The function di(x,q) = max{:x/ )L(q)} is:<br /><ul><li>non-decreasing in x
  33. 33. non-increasing in q
  34. 34. linearly homogeneous in x
  35. 35. quasi-concave in q and concave in x</li></ul>If x  L(q), then di (x,q)  1; ρ = 0A/0B<br />If both inputs and outputs are weakly disposable, then di(x,q)  1 iffdo(x,q)  1<br />Under constant returns to scale:<br />di (x,q) = 1/do(x,q) for all x and q<br />X2<br />A<br />X2A<br />B<br />C<br />L(q)<br />Isoq-L(q)<br />0<br />X1<br />X1A<br />16<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  36. 36. Efficiency measurement concepts<br />References: Farrell (1957) and Debreu (1951)<br />Two efficiency components are:<br /><ul><li>Technical efficiency</li></ul>the ability of the firm to obtain maximal output from given sets of inputs<br /><ul><li>Allocative efficiency</li></ul>the ability of the firm to use the inputs in optimal proportions, given their respective prices<br />Economic efficiency (EE) is the product of technical efficiency (TE) and allocative efficiency (AE)<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />17<br />
  37. 37. Input-orientated measures<br />Assume two inputs (x1and x2) and one output (q) under the assumption of constant returns to scale<br />The unit isoquant of fully efficient firms is represented by SS’<br />Suppose a firm uses quantities of inputs defined by point P in the graphical representation on the next slide<br />Its technical efficiency is represented by the distance, QP<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />18<br />
  38. 38. Input-orientated measures<br />X2/q<br />S<br />P<br />A<br />Q<br />R<br />Q’<br />S’<br />0<br />X1/q<br />A’<br />19<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  39. 39. Interpreting input-orientated measures<br />Technical inefficiency can be represented as the distance QP – the amount of inputs that could be proportionally reduced without reducing output<br />It represents the percentage by which all inputs need to be reduced to achieve technically efficient production, the ratio QP/0P<br />The technical efficiency index, 0Q/0P, lies between zero and one<br />A firm is fully efficient if it has a technical efficiency index of 1<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />20<br />
  40. 40. Interpreting input-orientated measures<br />Given an input-price ratio, the allocative efficiency index is 0R/0Q<br />No reduction in cost is possible if production is at Q’<br />Point Q is technically efficient but allocatively inefficient<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />21<br />
  41. 41. Interpreting input-orientated measures<br />Economic efficiency is EEi= 0R/0P<br />That is, EE = TE*AE<br />We assume the production function of the fully efficient firm is known<br />Note that this is not always the case!<br />An efficient isoquant must be estimated using sample data<br />22<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  42. 42. Output-orientated measures<br />To specify a parametric frontier production function in input-output space, consider a Cobb-Douglas function:<br />ln(yi) = f(ln(xi), ) - ui<br />where:<br />yi is the output of the i-th firm<br /> xi is an input vector<br />ui is a non-negative variable representing inefficiency<br />23<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  43. 43. Output-orientated measures<br />Technical efficiency is calculated as:<br />TEi = yi/f(ln(xi),) = exp (-ui)<br />An output-orientated measure indicates the magnitude of the output of the i-th firm relative to the output that could be produced by the fully efficient firm using the same input vector<br />This approach does not account for noise and we need to impose a functional form<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />24<br />
  44. 44. Output-orientated measures<br />The difference between input- and output-orientated measures can be illustrated by a simple example of one input, x, and one output, q<br />The first diagram on the next slide shows the case of a decreasing-returns-to-scale technology, f(x), and an inefficient firm operating at point P<br />The Farrell input-orientated measure of TE is the ratio, AB/AP, and the output-orientated measure of TE is the ratio, CP/CD<br />They are only equal when there are constant returns to scale, in the second part of the diagram<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />25<br />
  45. 45. Output-orientated measures and returns to scale<br />q2<br />(a) DRS<br />(b) CRS<br />f(x)<br />f(x)<br />D<br />D<br />B<br />B<br />A<br />A<br />P<br />P<br />0<br />0<br />C<br />C<br />26<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  46. 46. Output-orientated measures<br />An output-orientated measure of TE with two outputs, q1 and q2, is shown on the next slide<br />Assuming CRS, we can represent the technology by a unit PPF, ZZ’, in two dimensions<br />A corresponds to an inefficient firm<br />Output-orientated technical efficiency is the ratio:<br /> TE = 0A/0B, = do(x,q)<br /> where do(x,q) is the output distance function at the observed output vector of the firm associated with point A<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />27<br />
  47. 47. Efficiency measures with an output orientation<br />q2/x1<br />D<br />TEo=OA/OB<br />C<br />B<br />AEo=OB/OC<br />A<br />B’<br />REo=OA/OC<br />D’<br />0<br />q1/x1<br />28<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  48. 48. Output-orientated measures<br />Allocative efficiency (AE) is equal to 0B/0C<br />Revenue efficiency (RE) is equivalent to economic efficiency<br />It is defined for an output price vector p represented by the line, DD’<br /> RE = 0A/0C, = p’q/p’q*<br /> where q* is the revenue-efficient vector associated with the point B’<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />29<br />
  49. 49. A few points<br />TE has been measured along a ray from the origin to the observed production point<br />All points measured along the ray from the origin to the observed production point hold relative proportions of inputs (outputs) constant<br />Changing the units of measurement will not change the value of the efficiency measure<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />30<br />
  50. 50. A few points<br />We have demonstrated measures of allocative efficiency from cost-minimising and revenue-maximising perspectives<br />We can also do the same for the profit-maximising perspective, using DEA and stochastic frontier analysis (SFA)<br />For SFA, profit efficiency is decomposed using:<br />input-allocative efficiency<br />output-allocative efficiency<br />input-orientated technical efficiency<br />31<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  51. 51. Measuring productivity and productivity change<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />32<br />Measuring productivity of a firm and change in productivity is part of performance measurement<br />Partial measures were discussed in Topic 1<br />We represent change (growth and decrease) of productivity by a total factor productivity (TFP) index, also known as a multifactor productivity index (MFP)<br />
  52. 52. Measuring productivity and productivity change<br />Consider the problem of measuring productivity change for a firm from period s to period t<br />The typical period used is a year<br />Assume that the firm makes use of the state of knowledge, as represented by production technologies Ss and St in periods s and t<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />33<br />
  53. 53. Measuring productivity and productivity change<br />Suppose the firm produces outputs qsand qtusing inputs xsand xt, respectively<br />In some cases, we may have information on output and input prices, represented by output price vectors psand pt, andinput vectors, wsand wt,in periods s and t, respectively<br />34<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />
  54. 54. Measuring productivity and productivity change<br />Given these data on this firm, how do we measure productivity change?<br />There are several simple and intuitive approaches we can use to derive meaningful measures of productivity change<br />We consider four possible alternatives, outlined in the following slides<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />35<br />
  55. 55. Approaches to measure productivity change<br />Hicks-Moorsteen approach<br />This approach simply uses a measure of productivity as output growth net of growth in inputs<br />If output has doubled from period s to period t,and if this output growth was achieved using only a 60 per cent growth in input use, we conclude that the firm has achieved productivity growth <br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />36<br />
  56. 56. Approaches to measure productivity change<br />Hicks-Moorsteen approach (continued)<br />It is easy to measure and interpret, but quite difficult to identify the main sources of productivity growth<br />Suppose productivity has grown by 10 per cent; do we attribute this to technical change or to improvements in efficiency?<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />37<br />
  57. 57. Approaches to measure productivity change<br />Profitability approach <br />This approach measures productivity change using growth in profitability after making appropriate adjustments for movements in input prices and output prices from period s to period t<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />38<br />
  58. 58. Approaches to measure productivity change<br />Profitability approach (continued) <br />Since the TFP measure in equation (3.21) in the text book does not contain any price effects, the main sources of TFP change over periods s and t can be attributed to technical change and (technical, allocative and scale) efficiency changes over this period<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />39<br />
  59. 59. Approaches to measure productivity change<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />40<br />CCD Approach<br />This approach measures productivity by comparing the observed outputs in period s and period t with the maximum level of outputs (keeping the output mix constant)<br />A commonly used index that follows this approach is the Malmquist index<br />
  60. 60. Malmquist TFP index: issues<br />Refer to CROB, pages 69-74, for discussion of the following issues:<br /><ul><li>Malmquist TFP and orientation
  61. 61. Malmquist and HM TFP indices
  62. 62. Malmquist TFP and technical inefficiency
  63. 63. Malmquist TFP and returns to scale
  64. 64. Malmquist TFP and transitivity</li></ul>Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />41<br />
  65. 65. Malmquist output-orientated TFP index<br />Output-orientated measures ofproductivity focus on the maximum level of outputs that could be produced using a given input vector and a given production technology relative to the observed level of outputs:<br />Assuming technical efficiency in both periods:<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />42<br />
  66. 66. Malmquist input-orientated TFP Index<br />The input-orientated productivity focuses on the level of inputs necessary to produce observed output vectors qsand qt under a reference technology:<br />Assuming technical efficiency in both periods:<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />43<br />
  67. 67. Approaches to measure productivity change<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />44<br />Component-based approach<br />Following this approach, various sources of productivity growth are identified: technical change; efficiency change; change in the scale of operations; and output mix effects<br />If we can measure these effects separately, then productivity change can then be measured as the product (or sum total) of all these individual effects<br />
  68. 68. TFP Index: measurement by sources of productivity change<br />Technical change<br />Technical efficiency change<br />Scale efficiency change<br />Optimal mix effect<br />TFP change = technical change  TE change  scale efficiency change  output mix effect<br />Econ 377/477 Topic 2<br />45<br />

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