Using DEA and VEA to evaluate quality of life in the mid-Atlantic states

Elizabeth Marshall, James Shortle

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In this study we use data envelopment analysis (DEA) and an extension of DEA called value efficiency analysis (VEA) to explore the "production" of quality of life within counties in the mid-Atlantic region and the extent to which production frontiers and efficiency differ between rural and urban counties. These methods allow us to identify counties that are inefficient in their quality of life production, and to rank (using DEA) those counties according to their distance from a performance standard established by other observed counties, or (using VEA) by a single unit designated as "most preferred.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-203
Number of pages19
JournalAgricultural and Resource Economics Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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