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dc.contributor.advisorBritto, Rodrigo Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorBritto, Rodrigoen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-10T11:20:36Z
dc.date.available2012-10-10T11:20:36Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/13019
dc.description.abstractThe U.S. economy depends heavily on the trucking industry as it moves 70% of the entire nation's freight. With the inclusion of $295 billion in truck trade with Canada and $195.6 billion in truck trade with Mexico in 2007, it is apparent that any disruption in truck traffic will lead to rapid economic instability (ATA Releases: American Trucking Trends 2008 - 2009, 2008). Yet, the critical nature of the trucking industry comes at a societal price. Indeed, undesirable outputs, e.g., truck crashes and associated injuries and fatalities, have very significant economic and human consequences. This dissertation uses Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to investigate the impact of undesirable outputs on the productivity of the motor carrier industry during the years 1999-2003. Previous DEA studies at the firm level have focused on the relationship between inputs and desirable outputs. The proposed approach in this dissertation simultaneously considers both the positive and negative outputs. This dissertation addresses two key problems with the DEA analysis technique previously identified by Yang and Pollit (2009): i.e., failure to take into consideration undesirable outputs and the failure to assess the impact of exogenous variables on the DEA scores of individual firms. As a result, this study will provide a new perspective into the productivity of U.S. motor carriers by incorporating both of these considerations into a more comprehensive DEA analysis. It will also provide opportunities to evaluate how individual firms might change their mix of inputs in order to simultaneously maximize desirable outputs and minimize undesirable ones.en_US
dc.titleAN ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF UNDESIRABLE OUTPUTS ON THE PRODUCTIVITY OF UNITED STATES MOTOR CARRIERSen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentBusiness and Management: Logistics, Business & Public Policyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledBusinessen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledOperations researchen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDEAen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDirectional Distance Functionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMotor carriersen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledProductivity changeen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledUndesirable outputsen_US


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