Assessing the influence of exogenous and quality of service variables on water companies´ performance using a true-fixed stochastic frontier approach

Title
Assessing the influence of exogenous and quality of service variables on water companies´ performance using a true-fixed stochastic frontier approach
AuthorMolinos-Senante, M.3, Maziotis, A.
Line(s)Critical Resources
Year of Publication2018
Journal TitleUrban Water Journal
KeywordsEnvironmental variables, water industry, cost efficiency
AbstractImproving the cost efficiency and quality of service across time corresponds to two important targets for regulated water companies. Following a pioneering approach, we have evaluated the influence of a set of exogenous and quality of service variables on the English and Welsh water companies’ costs over the period of 1996–2009. A true-fixed effects stochastic cost frontier model was applied since it also allowed computing of the productivity change of the water companies and their drivers. Results have shown that quality of service has an influence on water companies´ costs. This issue is very relevant for bursts in water mains since investments in reducing them will lead to a reduction in the water supply interruptions and water losses. Results of this study illustrate the importance of developing long-term planning investment programmes in the water industry.
Doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2018.1539502
Corresponding AuthorMaría Molinos-Senante, mmolinos@uc.cl