Mehdi Farsi

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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(More)
This paper was prepared for a Festschrift in honor of Orley Ashenfelter. The authors thank Phillip Levine, and participants at the Festschrift conference in October 2002 for helpful comments. Ilya Berger provided research assistance, and we thank the Center for Law, Economics and Organization for research support. We are solely responsible for any errors.(More)
Science in 2008 to advance public and private action on climate change through innovative, rigorous research. The Centre is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and has five inter-linked research programmes: 1. Developing climate science and economics 2. Climate change governance for a new global deal 3. Adaptation to climate change and(More)
A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS * * The authors are grateful to the Ticino's Dipartimento Sanità e Socialità for providing the data and their general support. We would also like to thank William Greene and Luca Crivelli for helpful comments and discussions, Ilaria Mosca and Chiara Gulfi for their excellent assistance and Giorgio Borradori for his help in(More)
This paper uses a random utility model with a non-linear utility function to estimate the consumers' valuation for energy efficient insulation and ventilation systems in apartment buildings. The proposed model is applied to data from a choice experiment conducted among 264 apartment tenants in Switzerland. The model relaxes the assumption of constant rate(More)
In recent years, many countries have begun to liberalize different energy markets. In 2000, the EU started to open its gas market for third party access and to allow the consumers to choose their optimal contract. However, the transmission and distribution functions will remain, also after the deregulation, a natural monopoly. Therefore, the gas network(More)
Sohre A and Volland B (2015) Advances in understanding energy consumption behavior and the governance of its change – outline of an integrated framework. Transforming today's energy systems in industrialized countries requires a substantial reduction of the total energy consumption at the individual level. Selected instruments have been found to be(More)
This paper examines the application of different parametric methods to measure cost efficiency of electricity distribution utilities. The cost frontier model is estimated using four Likelihood Estimation. These methods are applied to a sample of 59 distribution utilities in Switzerland. The data consist of an unbalanced panel over a nine-year period from(More)
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