Performance of the Chinese Insurance Industry under Economic Reforms
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Performance of the Chinese Insurance Industry under Economic Reforms

Shuji Yao, Zhongwei Han and Dan Luo

The Chinese insurance industry has experienced rapid development during the past decade. This original book is the first English language study in the literature to address the efficiency issue of the Chinese insurance sector, and presents a comprehensive review on alternative methodologies for analyzing firm efficiency.
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Chapter 7: SFA Applications and Robustness of DEA Results

Shuji Yao, Zhongwei Han and Dan Luo


MODEL SPECIFICATION The recent development of the efficiency literature is to use several frontier measures together to test the robustness of the results. As the most advanced parametric efficiency measure, the SFA approach offers the facility to examine the mathematical relationships assumed between input and output variables and the factors that may influence the efficiency of DMUs. In this chapter, an SFA model will be constructed for insurance companies in China, followed by the interpretation of the regression results and the correlation analysis of the efficiency results obtained by the SFA and DEA models. A flexible model has been developed (Aigner, Lovell and Schmidt, 1977) using a stochastic frontier that can move to compensate for errors. This frontier separates inefficiency from statistical noise. Coelli, Prasada Rao and Battese (1988) derived the following equation as a version of stochastic frontier approach: Y 5 f (b, x1, x2, x3 . . . xs) ? exp (v) ? exp (u) (E7.1) where xr, r = 1 . . . s, are the known input levels and b is a set of unknown parameters to be estimated. Y denotes the observed output level. f (b, xr) represents a deterministic kernel. The random error term v is normally distributed and the term u $ 0, assumed half-normal or exponentially distributed,1 reflects inefficiency. Thus, the estimated inefficiency of a unit is the difference between its observed output and the estimated maximum output feasible for its input level. The maximum likelihood method is used to estimate the efficiency value. Technical efficiency of the above model can...

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