**Variable returns to scale (VRS)** is a type of frontier scale used in *data envelopment analysis (DEA)*. It helps to estimate efficiencies whether an increase or decrease in input or outputs does not result in a proportional change in the outputs or inputs respectively (Cooper, Seiford, & Zhu, 2011). This method includes both increasing and decreasing returns to scale. Hence, **VRS** may exhibit increasing, constant and decreasing returns to scale when working in Data Envelopment Analysis Program (DEAP).

## Difference between **constant returns to scale (CRS)** and **variable returns to scale (VRS)** in DEA

**constant returns to scale (CRS)**

VRS |
CRS |

No proportional change for input and output variables (Reddy, 2015). | Proportional change for input and output variables. |

Based on increasing or decreasing returns to scale (Tsai & Mar Molinero, 2002). | Based on constant input or output variable. |

Based on model described by Banker, Chames and Cooper and so BCC model or VRS frontier (Benicio & De Mello, 2015; Reddy, 2015). | Based on Charnes, Cooper & Rhodes model of DEA and so CCR model or frontier.CRS |

In DEAP, VRS frontier model shows technical efficiency difference between VRS and (Kao & Liu, 2011).CRS |
In DEAP, it shows only one technical efficiency (constant). |

Interpretations complicated. | Better in making interpretations. |

Used only when specifically it is required to check for increasing or decreasing returns (Kao & Liu, 2011). | Most commonly used. |

Differences between **VRS** and *CRS*

## Efficiency summary of case banks

Before discussing the interpretations and findings, look into the previous article, where the procedure to extract, apply and execution of data to perform the analysis is discussed. However, this article will only include interpretations and findings and how **VRS** differs from * CRS*.

The first image above shows efficiency summary for input oriented **VRS ***DEA *and the second image shows summary for output oriented **VRS** *DEA*. The above image shows the difference in technical efficiency between * CRS *and

**VRS**frontier. In contrast to

*model, the current*

**CRS****VRS**model showed four banks as efficient, namely 7,8,9 and 10 while

*showed only two efficient banks.*

**CRS**Furthermore, the scale efficiency is the “unit where the size of operations is optimal so that any modifications on its size will render the unit less efficient” (Kao & Liu, 2011, p.225). Scale efficiency can be achieved by dividing the total efficiency by the technical efficiency. Moreover, scale efficiency shows whether the returns are increasing or decreasing by identifying the banks by increasing returns to scale and decreasing returns to scale (Banker, Emrouznejad, Lopes, & Almeida, 2012). Similarly, for input oriented **VRS** *DEA*, except for bank 7 and 8, all other banks have increasing returns to scale. 7^{th} and 8^{th} banks with scale efficiency presented neither irs or drs. Again only 1^{st} bank shows drs, while 4, 6, 7 and 8 show constant returns to scale.

## Interpretation for efficiency summary

Increasing returns to scale occurs when the output increases by a larger proportion than the increase in inputs during the production process (Banker et al., 2004, p.346).

Similarly, “if output increases by less than proportional change in inputs, there are decreasing returns to scale”. Thereby, it can be interpreted that the Total Profits and Loans of the bank has increased by a larger proportion of the given amount of Total Capitals and Deposits and thus they need to increase or decrease its Total Capitals and Deposits to become efficient (Benicio & De Mello, 2015). Similarly, in case of output-oriented, bank 1 has a decreasing return to scale, which means that the values of Total Profits and Loans are lesser than the given values of Total Capitals and Deposits.

Moreover, Kao & Liu, (2011) says that scale efficiency value is also given by:

Scale Efficiency =TE/CRSVRSTE; where: TE = Technical efficiency,= constant returns to scaleCRSVRS= variable returns to scale

The graph represents both input and output oriented **VRS** *DEA*, banks 7, 8, 9 and 10 with technical efficiency of 1. The chart shows both inefficient banks and efficient banks. It also shows the degree of improvement made so as to become efficient. Thus, their returns to scale must improve by effective inputs and outputs so as to become efficient. For example, bank 1 from output oriented **VRS** *DEA*, needs to improve its finances so as to achieve a rise of 68.4% to become efficient.

## Summary of slacks

Moreover, the findings from the summary of slacks can further be interpreted the same way as it was interpreted for the * CRS DEA* model. As here, for image A, bank 2 have increasing returns to scale, so bank 2 has scale returns discrepancy of 114575.911 for Deposits. Similarly, from image B, bank 2 shows IRS thus, bank 2 has scale returns discrepancy of 986837.387.

The values differ in **VRS** *DEA*, from what was found from the evaluations in * CRS DEA*. The values found in

**variable returns to scale**

*DEA*are better than CRS. However, it is mainly because the variable in

**VRS**

*DEA*shows which organization has increased outputs or lowered outputs. Thereby defining increased and decreased returns to scale. However,

*–*

**CRS***DEA*is simple and easy to interpret. Moreover, a majority of the efficiency tests of benchmarking based on

*frontier (Coelli, 2008).*

**CRS**## Interpretations of slacks

From the above graph, it is evident that bank 5 (UBI bank) has discrepancies in its values. The Total capitals and Loans which on correcting will become efficient. It also means that this bank will follow the financial trend of another bank (shown in summary of peers) so as to become efficient. Similarly, in figure 3 bank 1 (SBI) also has discrepancies in its Total capital and Deposits and will have to refer to an efficient bank’s finances to become efficient.

#### References

- Banker, R., Emrouznejad, A., Lopes, A. L. M., & Almeida, M. R. de. (2012). Data Envelopment Analysis: Theory and Applications.
*10th International Conference on DEA*,*1*, 1–305. - Benicio, J., & De Mello, J. C. S. (2015). Productivity analysis and variable returns of scale: DEA efficiency frontier interpretation.
*Procedia Computer Science*,*55*(Itqm), 341–349. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2015.07.059. - Coelli, T. J. (2008). A Guide to DEAP Version 2.1: A Data Envelopment Analysis (Computer) Program.
*CEPA Working Papers*, 1–50. Retrieved from https://absalon.itslearning.com/data/ku/103018/publications/coelli96.pdf. - Cooper, W. W., Seiford, L. M., & Zhu, J. (2011). Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis. In
*Chapter 1:Data Envelopment Analysis*(pp. 1–39). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6151-8_1. - Dr. G. Thirupati Reddy. (2015). Comparison and Correlation Coefficient between CRS and VRS models of OC Mines.
*International Journal of Ethics in Engineering & Management Education*,*2*(1), 2348–4748. - Kao, C., & Liu, S.-T. (2011). Scale Efficiency Measurement in Data Envelopment Analysis with Interval Data: A Two-Level Programming Approach.
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