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The measurement of technical efficiency: a neural network approach

Daniel Santín (), Francisco Delgado () and Aurelia Valiño Castro ()

Applied Economics, 2004, vol. 36, issue 6, 627-635

Abstract: The main purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to artificial neural networks (ANNs) and to review their applications in efficiency analysis. Finally, a comparison of efficiency techniques in a non-linear production function is carried out. The results suggest that ANNs are a promising alternative to traditional approaches, econometric models and non-parametric methods such as data envelopment analysis, to fit production functions and measure efficiency under non-linear contexts.

Date: 2004
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