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The measurement of technical efficiency: a neural network approach

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics University of Oviedo 2: Department of Applied Economics VI Complutense University of Madrid

Publication date: 2004-04-10

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