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Determinants of efficiency improvement in the Spanish public lighting sector

Bernardino Benito, María-Dolores Guillamón and Pedro-José Martínez-Córdoba

Utilities Policy, 2020, vol. 64, issue C

Abstract: This research analyzes the factors that can improve the efficiency of public lighting. First, the annual and inter-annual efficiency levels are calculated. Second, the effects of a set of environmental variables on these efficiency levels are checked with a truncated regression model. The results show that public management is more efficient than private or mixed management. Higher tourism, stronger local governments, and more hours of sunlight appear to improve efficiency. Local governments with the highest budgetary revenues and the most urbanized area experience the greatest improvement in efficiency year after year.

Keywords: Effective cost; Public lighting; Local government; DEA; Malmquist index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2020.101026

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