What determines the efficiency of Australian mining companies?

Ahmad Hosseinzadeh, Russell Smyth, Abbas Valadkhani, Amir Moradi

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We examine the firm-specific determinants of technical efficiency in Australian mining companies using data envelopment analysis (DEA). To do so, we employ panel data sourced from individual mining companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) over the period 2010–2014. To ensure valid statistical inference in the presence of serial correlation between DEA efficiency scores, we apply Simar and Wilson's two-stage bootstrap method. We find that ownership concentration, firm size, firm age, product portfolio, product diversification and growth status significantly contribute to efficiency gains. However, other firm-specific factors, such as capacity utilisation, financial risk and overseas operations appear to have limited impact on the technical efficiency of mining firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-138
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • bootstrap
  • data envelopment analysis
  • efficiency determinants
  • mining companies

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