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Productivity, efficiency and technical change in the European railways: A non-parametric approach

Pedro Cantos-Sánchez (), José Pastor and Lorenzo Serrano Martinez

Transportation, 1999, vol. 26, issue 4, 337-357

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the evolution of productivity in the European railways in the period 1970–95. We use a non-parametric approach that enables changes in productivity to be broken down into variations in efficiency and technical change. The results indicate that the productivity growth is concentrated in the last period (1985–95), when the majority of the companies undertook processes of reforms. This increase in productivity is mainly due to technical progress. We also analyse the determinants of efficiency and, unlike other papers, the technical change, finding that the greater the degree of autonomy and financial independence, the higher the efficiency levels and technical change. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Keywords: efficiency; Malmquist index; productivity; railways; technical changes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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