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Re: st: Question regarding deterministic frontier analysis

From   Scott Merryman <>
Subject   Re: st: Question regarding deterministic frontier analysis
Date   Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:42:53 -0600

On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM,  <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am new to STATA 12 and am trying to model a deterministic cost frontier using a set of panel data. However, I know that STATA's "frontier" function is for stochastic frontier. Is it possible to model with just a u (technical inefficiency) term rather than also a v (random noise) term (i.e. all of the variation is captured as technical inefficiency)?

Yes, by using the appropriate constraint to make sigma_v as small as
possible or use Corrected Ordinary Least Squares (COLS).

webuse frontier1,clear
*Can get somewhat close with the half-normal distribution
constraint define 1 [lnsig2v]_cons = -6
frontier lnout lncapital lnlabor, constraint(1)

*better with the truncated normal
constraint define 2 [lnsigma2]_cons = `=invlogit(1)'
frontier lnout lncapital lnlabor, constraint(2) d(tn)

reg lnoutput lnlabor lncapit
predict residual, re
sum res
gen u = residual -r(max)
gen te = exp(u)


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