Université de Neuchâtel

Essays on the supply side of raw wood

Krähenbühl, Géraud ; Farsi, Mehdi (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018 ; 2739.

The Swiss forestry industry is a complex environment including aspects of both public and private sectors. As a consequence, pure public sector economics cannot be fully applied in this context as forestry firms are in the private market of selling raw wood; it turns out to be an important part of their job and most of their revenues. At the same time, it is not possible to only consider the...

Université de Neuchâtel

Energy service contracting : an economic perspective

Klinke, Sandra ; Farsi, Mehdi (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018 ; 2672.

Energy service contracting consists in the outsourcing of energy-related services to a contractor, an Energy Service Company (ESCO), through a long-term contract. This business model has been deemed, in the literature, a promising market-based instrument to foster the deployment of renewable energy and energy conservation projects. This thesis examines empirically the determinants of adoption of...

Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

Fuel choices in urban Indian households


In: Environment and Development Economics, 2007, vol. 12, no. 6, p. 757-774

Università della Svizzera italiana

Unobserved heterogeneity and efficiency measurement in public transport

Cullmann, Astrid ; Farsi, Mehdi ; Filippini, Massimo

In: Journal of transport economics and policy, 2012, vol. 46, no. 1, p. 51-66

Efficiency measurement in public transport requires an adequate account of unobserved network characteristics that are typically modelled as factors separable from the production process. This paper proposes a panel data model that allows for non-separable firm-specific heterogeneity in an input distance function. The proposed model is applied to a sample of German and Swiss urban transit...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Unobserved heterogeneity and international benchmarking in public transport

Cullmann, Astrid ; Farsi, Mehdi ; Filippini, Massimo

We analyze the technical efficiency of German and Swiss urban public transport companies by means of SFA. In transport networks we might face different network structures or complexities, not observed, but influencing the production process. The unobserved factors are typically modeled as separable factors. However, we argue that the entire production process is organized around different network...

Università della Svizzera italiana

An analysis of cost efficiency in Swiss multi-utilities

Farsi, Mehdi ; Filippini, Massino

In: Energy economics, 2009, vol. 31, no. 2, p. 306-315

This study presents an empirical analysis of the cost efficiency of a sample of Swiss multi-utilities operating in the distribution of electricity, natural gas and water. The multi-utilities that operate in different sectors are characterized by a strong unobserved heterogeneity. Therefore the measurement of their performance poses an important challenge for the regulators. The purpose of...

Università della Svizzera italiana

An empirical analysis of child care demand in Switzerland

Banfi, Silvia ; Farsi, Mehdi ; Filippini, Massimo

In: Annals of public and cooperative economics, 2009, vol. 80, no. 1, p. 37-66

This paper analyzes the demand of Swiss families for child care facilities. A choice experiment is used to study the effects of the facilities’ characteristics as well as socio-economic factors on the selected child care mode. The experimental data are analyzed using a discrete choice model with multinomial logit specification. The results suggest that the demand for extra-familial day care...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Effects of ownership, subsidization and teaching activities on hospital costs in Switzerland

Farsi, Mehdi ; Filippini, Massimo

In: Health economics, 2008, vol. 17, no. 3, p. 335-350

This paper explores the cost structure of Swiss hospitals, focusing on differences due to teaching activities and those related to ownership and subsidization types. A stochastic total cost frontier with a Cobb-Douglas functional form has been estimated for a panel of 148 general hospitals over the six-year period from 1998 to 2003. Inpatient cases adjusted by DRG cost weights and ambulatory...

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