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Measuring the Efficiency of Public and Private Delivery Forms: An Application to the Waste Collection Service Using Order-M Data Panel Frontier Analysis

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Accounting and Finance Department, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Campus de Cartuja s/n, University of Granada, BOX 18071 Granada, Spain
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Accounting and Finance Department, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas, University of Granada, C/Santander, 1 BOX 52005 Melilla, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(7), 2056; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11072056
Received: 28 January 2019 / Revised: 23 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 6 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability of Waste Management)
Many studies have been undertaken to determine whether waste collection services are provided more efficiently by private or by public management. To date, however, the findings reported are inconclusive, partly due to the need to evaluate this question over a broad time horizon. In this paper, the question is examined taking into account an extended study period (2002–2014) and applying an order-m data panel method that provides more robust findings than those reported in previous research. The results show that, in general, public-sector provision of the waste collection service is more efficient than private alternatives. View Full-Text
Keywords: efficiency; local government; order-m data panel; waste collection efficiency; local government; order-m data panel; waste collection
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Campos-Alba, C.M.; De la Higuera-Molina, E.J.; Pérez-López, G.; Zafra-Gómez, J.L. Measuring the Efficiency of Public and Private Delivery Forms: An Application to the Waste Collection Service Using Order-M Data Panel Frontier Analysis. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2056.

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