“This Paper Fills a Much-Needed Gap in the Literature”: Today’s Edition

15 December 2009 at 11:36 am 4 comments

| Peter Klein |

I was thumbing through the MDE issue containing Lasse and Nicolai’s paper when this sentence caught my eye: “Despite the widespread use of the production frontier approach to assess the efficiency of firms, there are no studies on ski lift operators.”

OK, I actually like the paper, “Are Multi-Resort Ski Conglomerates More Efficient?” by Martin Falk. It shows that resorts affiliated with a particular operator, Intrawest, have higher efficiency scores than independent resorts (and those affiliated with other ski conglomerates). There isn’t much theory, and I worry about endogeneity and unobserved heterogeneity — the major themes in recent empirical work on diversification — but I certainly agree that parental affiliation is an important, and often overlooked, issue. (Indeed, one of my favorite Brad De Long papers, from the old days before he became a full-time polemicist, deals with this problem.)

Maybe I’m just jealous that I didn’t think of this particular application when doing my own research on conglomerates. Oh, the travel grants I could have applied for!

Entry filed under: - Klein -, Strategic Management, Theory of the Firm.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pj  |  15 December 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Don’t give up on that travel grant yet. There is still a gap in the literature on massage parlors.

  • 2. Peter Klein  |  15 December 2009 at 11:05 pm

    My friend Alex Padilla has already got all the good grants to study the adult-film industry:


  • 3. Speegster  |  16 December 2009 at 3:50 am

    If the gap was “much-needed”, why fill it?

  • 4. David Hoopes  |  19 December 2009 at 2:35 am

    Yeah Speegster! Let’s write a paper about saving the “much-needed” gaps that careless scholars are filling.

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