De Witte, Kristof and Marques, Rui (2009): Gaming in a benchmarking environment. A non-parametric analysis of benchmarking in the water sector.
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This paper discusses the use of benchmarking in general and its application to the drinking water sector. It systematizes the various classifications on performance measurement, discusses some of the pitfalls of benchmark studies and provides some examples of benchmarking in the water sector. After presenting in detail the institutional framework of the water sector of the Belgian region of Flanders (without benchmarking experiences), Wallonia (recently started a public benchmark) and the Netherlands (introduced already in 1997 a public benchmark), we non-parametrically measure the productivity gains by the use of a dynamic Malmquist index. The three regions, each at a different stage of the benchmarking circle, exhibit different performance trends. The ‘carrot’ and the ‘stick’ of benchmarking seem to offer an effective incentive to trigger performance. In addition, the Malmquist decompositions provide some evidence on the ‘gaming’ of the stakeholders by the water utilities.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Gaming in a benchmarking environment. A non-parametric analysis of benchmarking in the water sector|
|Keywords:||Benchmarking; gaming; Malmquist decomposition; regulation; water sector|
|Subjects:||C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C14 - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L95 - Gas Utilities ; Pipelines ; Water Utilities
|Depositing User:||Kristof De Witte|
|Date Deposited:||16. Apr 2009 23:34|
|Last Modified:||21. Feb 2013 10:12|
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