Performance Measurement and Achievable Targets for Public Hospitals.

Diego Prior, Jordi Surroca

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This paper proposes an iterative process for determining what we define as a "reasonable frontier efficiency," a concept that establishes future targets according to their current level of performance. Our "reasonable frontier" has the following properties: (1) it is underpinned on the efficiency framework, (2) it detects the presence of outliers and proposes a procedure to establish the influence introduced by extreme observations, and (3) it sorts out the problem of data masking. The proposed method is applied to a sample of Spanish hospitals. The results obtained confirm the applicability of the proposal made.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-766
JournalJournal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Data masking
  • DEA
  • Super-efficiency
  • Target setting


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