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Some university students are more equal than others: Evidence from England

Chen, C F and Soo, K T (2009) Some university students are more equal than others: Evidence from England. Working Paper. The Department of Economics, Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    This paper estimates the efficiency of students in English universities using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and a new dataset which is able to capture the behaviour of university students. Taking as the output the classification of a university degree, we use as inputs teaching hours and quality, entry qualifications, and the effort level. We find that university students differ in terms of the efficiency with which they use inputs in producing good degrees. In a second stage, we explore the determinants of the efficiency of university students using a truncated regression model. Higher student efficiency is found to be positively and significantly related to university size, and negatively and significantly related to the proportion of part-time students and the number of academic staff. The quality of a university has no significant impact on the efficiency of its students once endogeneity of university quality is controlled for.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) ; Efficiency ; Education
    Subjects:
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
    ID Code: 48962
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:25
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:19
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48962

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