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Title: The performance of European airlines in an era of liberalisation, 1991-1995
Authors: Fethi, Meryem Duygun
First Published: 1998
Publisher: Efficiency and Productivity Research Unit, University of Leicester
Citation: Leicester, University of Leicester Efficiency and Productivity Research Unit, 1998
Abstract: European airlines are entering a gradual period of economic liberalisation. This study aims to analyse the performance of 17 European airlines during the early stages (1991-1995) of the liberalisation process. We utilise nonparametric methodologies: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and the DEA based Malmquist productivity index. DEA Windows analysis is used to capture efficiency changes over time whilst the DEA based Malmquist productivity index is used to measure the productivity change and decompose any change into efficiency and frontier shift effects. We find that results from windows analysis reveal an increasing trend in the efficiency scores for most airlines in the sample whereas Malmquist analysis show a decline in the first two periods, but some evidence of turnaround in 1993-1994, probably with the introduction of the third liberalisation package.
Series/Report no.: EPRU Discussion Papers
Type: Report
Description: The earlier version of this study was presented at the EURO Summer Institute "Data Envelopment Analysis - 20 years on" held at the University of Warwick, 16-26 August 1998. Also available from the EPRU website at
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