An intensive Course in Efficiency and productivity (5 ECTS) will be given from 16 May 2011 to 3 June 2011 at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and CERE. This course focuses on the theoretical and empirical issues of measurement of productive performance. The Visiting lecturers are Prof. Rolf Färe and Prof. Shawna Grosskopf, both from Oregon State University.
Prof. Rolf Färe is a Professor of Economics, and Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University.
Prior to coming to OSU in 1998, he was a Professor of Economics at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Ronald W. Shephard (known for Shephard's Lemma) made it possible for him to come to the United States in the 1970s. Prof. Rolf Färe has a major field "Production Theory and Performance Measurement" and he is currently developing production models for the joint production of good and bad outputs, and adopting them as tools in performance measurement. This research path allows him to bridge a broad area of economics including environmental economics, international trade, and index number theory.
Prof. Shawna Grosskopf received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1977. She joined the OSU Economics Department in 1998. Shawna Grosskopf's research interests are in public economics and performance measurement. Recent research has included work on the relative performance of charter schools, using directional distance functions to model and measure productivity in the presence of environmental byproducts, assessing performance in health care. She is an Associate Editor for Journal of Productivity Analysis and is on the Editorial Board of Health Care Management Science and has published over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 6 books. She is included in the ISI Web of Knowledge 250 most highly cited scholars in economics and finance in 2005, and Who's Who in Economics (2002). She has received grants from U.S.E.P.A., U.S.D.A., New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and the Ford Foundation.