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Title:Next stop: restructuring? A nonparametric efficiency analysis of German public transport companies PDF Logo
Authors:von Hirschhausen, Christian R.
Cullmann, Astrid
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 831
Abstract:In this paper, we present a nonparametric comparative efficiency analysis of 179 communal public transport bus companies in Germany (1990-2004). We apply both deterministic data envelopment analysis (DEA) and bootstrapping to test the robustness of our estimates and to test the hypothesis of global and individual constant returns to scale. We find that the average technical efficiency of German bus companies is relatively low. We observe that the industry appears to be characterized by increasing returns to scale for smaller companies. These results would imply increasing pressure on bus companies to restructure.
Subjects:Public transport
buses
efficiency analysis
nonparametric methods
DEA
bootstrapping
JEL:L11
L51
L92
C14
Document Type:Working Paper
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