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Hierarchies and groups in DEA

Cook, W. D., Chai, D., Doyle, John R. and Green, R. 1998. Hierarchies and groups in DEA. Journal of Productivity Analysis 10 (2) , pp. 177-198. 10.1023/A:1018625424184

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Conventional applications of data envelopment analysis (DEA) presume the existence of a set of similar decision making units, wherein each unit is evaluated relative to other members of the set. Often, however, the DMUs fall naturally into groupings, giving rise first to the problem of how to view the groups themselves as DMUs, and second to the issue of how to deal with several different ratings for any given DMU when groupings can be formed in different ways. In the present paper we introduce the concept of hierarchical DEA, where efficiency can be viewed at various levels. We provide a means for adjusting the ratings of DMUs at one level to account for the ratings received by the groups (into which these DMUs fall) at a higher level. We also develop models for aggregating different ratings for a DMU arising from different possible groupings. An application of these models to a set of power plants is given.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: DEA - group - hierarchy - adjusted ratings - levels - power plants
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0895-562X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:23

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