•Two linear and nonlinear two-stage data envelopment analysis models are compared.•A relationship between these two models is developed.•It is shown that the linear model is more computationally efficient.•The linear model excludes the estimation error of the nonlinear model.•The linear and nonlinear models are compared with real and simulated data.
European Journal of Operational Research – Elsevier
Published: Jul 1, 2018
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