CEIS, Centre for Economics and International Studies - Tor Vergata is hosting the 1st ERASMUS Intensive Programme on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis Programme (EPASP) organised with CHE, Centre for Health Economics - University of York and COHERE, Centre for Health Economics Research - University of Southern Denmark.

This course will present the latest contributions and developments in the field of efficiency and productivity growth measurement in manufacturing and services. The objective is to provide a comprehensive and up–to–date survey of the existing models, together with a significant discussion on data and on the core methods of practically measuring efficiency and productivity. First, the students are introduced to the measurement of partial and total factor productivity growth. Different parametric and non–parametric approaches to the productivity measurement in the context of firm–specific modeling are discussed. Second, a detailed survey of the econometric approach to efficiency analysis will be discussed, focusing on modeling, distributional assumptions and estimation methods. The correspondence between a number of hypotheses and empirical findings are examined through a varieties of relevant empirical applications. Third, measurement of inputs and outputs in manufacturing and services are discussed, with a particular emphasis to the analysis of efficiency and productivity growth in the service sector.

Morning classes will cover theoretical topics while computer sessions, in the afternoon, will focus on applied issues that will be analysed, mainly, using the Stata commands sfcross and sfpanel, two new user written packages documented at Stata Journal.

For this reason a good knowledge of STATA (data management, do file programming) is a prerequisite for the admission.

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