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Using COVD-19 Mortality to Select Among Hospital Plant Capacity Models: An Empirical Application to the Hubei Province

Kristiaan Kerstens and Zhiyang Shen

No 2020-EQM-04, Working Papers from IESEG School of Management

Abstract: This contribution defines short-run as well as long-run output- and input-oriented plant capacity measures evaluated relative to convex and nonconvex technologies. All these plant capacity concepts are used to measure the use of existing capacities as well as the evolution and build-up of extra hospital capacity in the province of Hubei in China during the outbreak of the COVID- 19 epidemic in early 2020. The rather well-established fact from the medical literature that mortality rates increase with high capacity utilization rates is used to select the most plausible among these eight plant capacity concepts. It turns out that the relatively new input-oriented plant capacity concept correlates best with mortality.

Keywords: : Data Envelopment Analysis; Free Disposal Hull; efficiency; plant capacity utilisation; mortality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2020-05
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