Journal article

A Semiparametric Stochastic Frontier Model with Correlated Effects

William Griffiths, Gholamreza Hajargasht

Advances in Econometrics | Jai Press Inc. | Published : 2019

Abstract

We consider a semiparametric panel stochastic frontier model where one-sided firm effects representing inefficiencies are correlated with the regressors. A form of the Chamberlain-Mundlak device is used to relate the logarithm of the effects to the regressors resulting in a lognormal distribution for the effects. The function describing the technology is modeled nonparametrically using penalized splines. Both Bayesian and non-Bayesian approaches to estimation are considered, with an emphasis on Bayesian estimation. A Monte Carlo experiment is used to investigate the consequences of ignoring correlation between the effects and the regressors, and choosing the wrong functional form for the tec..

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