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Developing selective proportionality on the FDH models: new insight on the proportionality axiom

Developing selective proportionality on the FDH models: new insight on the proportionality axiom In many cases of DEA-based efficiency measurement systems, only a set of outputs has to be assumed to be proportional to a set of inputs. The assumption of constant returns to scale (CRS) is required with respect to the selected sets of inputs and outputs, preserving the variable returns to scale (VRS) assumption for the remaining factors. In such situations, neither CRS nor VRS-based models can provide valid results. In contrast to that, the selective proportionality axiom allows applying any desired combination of CRS and VRS. This paper proposes free disposal hull (FDH) technologies which incorporate the selective proportionality axiom. The considered technologies do not restrict themselves to convex technologies and are built solely on imal axioms of non-emptiness and free disposability. The resulting FDH models are formulated as linear programg problems which are not only simple to solve but also provide an intuitive interpretation corresponding to the results. An illustrative numerical example is presented to explain the properties and features of the suggested FDH models. Keywords: data envelopment analysis; DEA; selective proportionality; free disposal hull models; proportionality axiom; decision analysis. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Afsharian, M., Ahn, H. and Alirezaee, M. (2015) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences Inderscience Publishers

Developing selective proportionality on the FDH models: new insight on the proportionality axiom

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Inderscience Publishers
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Copyright © Inderscience Publishers
ISSN
1756-7017
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1756-7025
DOI
10.1504/IJIDS.2015.068754
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Abstract

In many cases of DEA-based efficiency measurement systems, only a set of outputs has to be assumed to be proportional to a set of inputs. The assumption of constant returns to scale (CRS) is required with respect to the selected sets of inputs and outputs, preserving the variable returns to scale (VRS) assumption for the remaining factors. In such situations, neither CRS nor VRS-based models can provide valid results. In contrast to that, the selective proportionality axiom allows applying any desired combination of CRS and VRS. This paper proposes free disposal hull (FDH) technologies which incorporate the selective proportionality axiom. The considered technologies do not restrict themselves to convex technologies and are built solely on imal axioms of non-emptiness and free disposability. The resulting FDH models are formulated as linear programg problems which are not only simple to solve but also provide an intuitive interpretation corresponding to the results. An illustrative numerical example is presented to explain the properties and features of the suggested FDH models. Keywords: data envelopment analysis; DEA; selective proportionality; free disposal hull models; proportionality axiom; decision analysis. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Afsharian, M., Ahn, H. and Alirezaee, M. (2015)

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International Journal of Information and Decision SciencesInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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