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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 uses a choice experiment to evaluate the consumers' willingness to pay for energy-saving measures in Switzerland's residential buildings. These measures include air renewal (ventilation) systems and insulation of windows and facades. Two groups of respondents consisting respectively of 163 apartment tenants and 142 house owners were asked to(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)
  • Mehdi Farsi
  • 2004
This paper examines the effects of conversions between For-Profit and Not-For-Profit forms on quality of medical care in California hospitals. The sample includes elderly patients treated in California's private hospitals from 1990 to 1998 for Acute Myocardial Infarction and Congestive Heart Failure. The results suggest that converted hospitals have(More)
EFFICIENCY MEASUREMENT IN NETWORK INDUSTRIES: APPLICATION TO THE SWISS RAILWAY COMPANIES Mehdi Farsi Center for Energy Policy and Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Department of Economics, University of Lugano ETH Zentrum, WEC, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland mfarsi@ethz.ch Massimo Filippini Center for Energy Policy and Economics, Swiss Federal(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)
This paper examines the cost efficiency in the nursing home industry, an issue of concern to Swiss policy makers because of the explosive growth of national expenditure on elderly care and the aging of the population. A stochastic cost frontier model with a translog function has been applied to a balanced panel data of 1780 observations from 356 nursing(More)