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Beyond frontiers: comparing the efficiency of higher education decision-making units across more than one country

Agasisti, T and Johnes, G (2009) Beyond frontiers: comparing the efficiency of higher education decision-making units across more than one country. Education Economics, 17 (1). pp. 59-79. ISSN 0964-5292

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    Abstract

    We employ Data Envelopment Analysis to compute the technical efficiency of Italian and English higher education institutions. Our results show that, in relation to the country‐specific frontier, institutions in both countries are typically very efficient. However, institutions in England are more efficient than those in Italy when we compare jointly their performances. We also look at the evolution of technical efficiency scores over a four‐year period, and find that, in line with an error‐correction hypothesis, Italian universities are improving their technical efficiency while English universities are obtaining stable scores. Policy implications are addressed.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Education Economics
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    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
    ID Code: 45008
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:25
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 14:31
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45008

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