Frontier Analysis: A State-of-the-Art Review and Meta-Analysis

A. George Assaf, Alexander Josiassen

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This article presents a comprehensive review of frontier studies in the tourism literature. We discuss the main advantages and disadvantages of the various frontier approaches, in particular, the nonparametric and parametric frontier approaches. The study further differentiates between micro and macro applications of these approaches, summarizing and critically reviewing the characteristics of the existing studies. We also conduct a meta-analysis to create an overview of the efficiency results of frontier applications. This allows for an investigation of the impact of frontier methodology on tourism research. The present review also highlights the limitations of existing studies and suggests an agenda for future research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)612-627
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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