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This article deals with efficiency improvement and how to identify appropriate benchmarks for inefficient firms to imitate. We argue that the most relevant benchmark is the most similar efficient firm. Having interpreted similarity in terms of input endowments, the problem reduces to find the closest reference firm on the efficient subset of the isoquant.(More)
New N-p-chloro-, N-p-bromo-, and N-p-nitrophenylazobenzylchitosan derivatives, as well as the corresponding azophenyl and azophenyl-p-sulfonic acids, were synthesized by coupling N-benzylvchitosan with aryl diazonium salts. The synthesized molecules were analyzed by UV-Vis, FT-IR, 1H-NMR and 15N-NMR spectroscopy. The capacity of copper chelation by these(More)
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