Kuosmanen, Timo and Fosgerau, Mogens
(2009):
*Neoclassical versus frontier production models? Testing for the skewness of regression residuals.*
Published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics
, Vol. 111, No. 2
: pp. 351-367.

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## Abstract

The empirical literature on production and cost functions is divided into two strands: 1) the neoclassical approach that concentrates on model parameters, 2) the frontier approach that decomposes the disturbance term to a symmetric noise term and a positively skewed inefficiency term. We propose a theoretical justification for the skewness of the inefficiency term, arguing that this skewness is the key testable hypothesis of the frontier approach. We propose to test the regression residuals for skewness to distinguish the two competing approaches. Our test builds directly upon the asymmetry of regression residuals and does not require any prior distributional assumptions.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Original Title: | Neoclassical versus frontier production models? Testing for the skewness of regression residuals |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Firms and production; Frontier estimation; Hypotheses testing; Production function; Productive efficiency analysis |

Subjects: | C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C14 - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C12 - Hypothesis Testing: General A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A10 - General D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D24 - Production ; Cost ; Capital ; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity ; Capacity |

Item ID: | 24208 |

Depositing User: | Prof. Mogens Fosgerau |

Date Deposited: | 03 Aug 2010 07:36 |

Last Modified: | 28 Sep 2019 04:40 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/24208 |