TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY OF RURAL WATER UTILITIES
Rangesan Narayanan and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Tom Harris
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1995, vol. 20, issue 2, 19
Technical efficiency of rural water utilities is determined using frontier production functions. An indirect production function is developed to model the two-step production process of a local government-controlled firm. Data from 26 rural Nevada water utilities are used to estimate inefficiency in terms of firm-specific variables. A multistep estimation procedure is used instead of single-step maximum likelihood estimation. Model selection tests are used to choose the best model. Privately owned utilities are most efficient; self-governing water districts are the least efficient. Municipal governments operate the most and least efficient utilities.
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