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The economic performance of Swiss drinking water utilities

Faust, Anne-Kathrin ; Baranzini, Andrea

In: Journal of productivity analysis, 2014, vol. 41, no. 3, p. 383-397

This paper measures the performance in terms of costs of Swiss drinking water utilities accounting for environmental factors. We estimate a translog stochastic variable cost frontier using two different techniques on an unbalanced panel of 141 water distribution utilities over the years 2002–2009, for a total of 745 observations. Results show that exogenous factors have an impact on variable...