Robust data envelopment analysis via ellipsoidal uncertainty sets with application to the Italian banking industry

Emmanuel Kwasi Mensah
2020 Decisions in Economics and Finance  
This paper extends the conventional DEA models to a robust DEA (RDEA) framework by proposing new models for evaluating the efficiency of a set of homogeneous decision-making units (DMUs) under ellipsoidal uncertainty sets. Four main contributions are made: (1) we propose new RDEA models based on two uncertainty sets: an ellipsoidal set that models unbounded and correlated uncertainties and an interval-based ellipsoidal uncertainty set that models bounded and correlated uncertainties, and study
more » ... he relationship between the RDEA models of these two sets, (2) we provide a robust classification scheme where DMUs can be classified into fully robust efficient, partially robust efficient and robust inefficient, (3) the proposed models are extended to the additive DEA model and its efficacy is analyzed with two imprecise additive DEA models in the literature, and finally, (4) we apply the proposed models to study the performance of banks in the Italian banking industry. We show that few banks which were resilient in their performance can be robustly classified as partially efficient or fully efficient in an uncertain environment. Keywords Robust optimization · Ellipsoidal uncertainty set · Robust data environment analysis (RDEA) · Robust additive DEA · Italian banks efficiency JEL Classification C6 · G2
doi:10.1007/s10203-020-00299-3 fatcat:pqskzkyt3jfxvnai2plgehappy