Efficiency and productivity analysis from a system perspective: historical overview

Antonio Peyrache*, Maria C. A. Silva

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The last decade has witnessed an exponential proliferation of studies on Network Data Envelopment Analysis (NDEA) as a tool to measure efficiency and productivity for production systems. Those systems are composed of various layers of decision making (hierarchically organized) and potentially interconnected production processes. The decision makers face the problem of allocating resources to the various production processes in an efficient manner. This chapter provides a historical perspective to these developments by linking them to earlier works dating back to Kantorovich (Mathematical methods of organizing and planning production. Leningrad University, 1939) and Koopmans (Activity analysis of production and allocation, 1951). Both the allocation problem and the measures of efficiency used by these early authors are astonishingly relevant and similar to those in the recent NDEA literature. The modern researcher in NDEA should take stock of this early forgotten contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in economic measurement
Subtitle of host publicationa volume in honour of D. S. Prasada Rao
EditorsDuangkamon Chotikapanich, Alicia N. Rambaldi, Nicholas Rohde
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages58
ISBN (Electronic)9789811920233
ISBN (Print)9789811920226
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


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