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Productivity and Efficiency Analysis

24-26 February, 2016

About the Intensive Course:

About the presenter

Chris O'DonnellChris O'Donnell is a Professor of Econometrics and has previously held the position of Director of the Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis at UQ. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and a former co-editor of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. His CV can be downloaded from

This is a three-day intensive course on methods for performance measurement for multi-input multi-output firms. Among other things, participants will learn how Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA) can be used to estimate and draw inferences concerning the components of profitability and productivity change. They will obtain hands-on experience implementing these methods using different software packages and data sets.

The course will cover the methods using Professor O’Donnell’s own software (DPIN) and the free R statistical language available at:

Optional R workshop:

An optional R workshop will be held on the day prior to introduce attendees to the R programming language with a focus on using R for data analysis and plotting. A brief introduction to R combined with Knitr/Sweave will also be presented as an increasingly powerful method for research sharing and replication. This is aimed at beginners in R.

Course outline

Production technologies; Markets and behaviour; Measures of efficiency; Index numbers; Data Envelopment Analysis; Deterministic frontier analysis; Stochastic Frontier Analysis; Practical issues. For more information please see included course outline. The course will be based on Professor O'Donnell’s forthcoming productivity book.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at graduate students, researchers, economists, statisticians and consultants from private and public sector organisations, regulatory authorities, regulated firms, infrastructure industries (e.g. water delivery, electricity, gas, railways), service industries (e.g. education, health), and industries with branch structures (e.g. banks, credit unions, franchises, retail chains). Participants are expected to have an understanding of microeconomics and econometrics similar to that of a second or third year economics undergraduate at a New Zealand university.


Early bird (before 25/01/2015):
Non-students: NZD 1100 Students: NZD 600
Non-students: NZD 1300 Students: NZD 700
Reception (6pm 23/02/16): N.S. NZD 40/Student NZD25
Dinner (7pm 25/02/16): N.S. NZD 60/Student NZD 35
R workshop (23/02/16): NZD 100

Register online

Registration fees are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. Participants will receive notes and relevant readings based on Professor O'Donnell's forthcoming book. Session numbers are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.


Dr Daniel Gregg OR
Professor Frank Scrimgeour


Please email Jana Rowland
to reserve a place and for forthcoming payment details.

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Associate Professor Eva CollinsAssociate Professor Eva Collins
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