Lancaster EPrints

The efficiency of public schools:the case of Kuwait

Burney, Nadeem A. and Johnes, Jill and Al-Enezi, Mohammed and Al-Musallam, Marwa (2013) The efficiency of public schools:the case of Kuwait. Education Economics, 21 (4). pp. 360-379. ISSN 0964-5292

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

This paper investigates the technical, allocative and economic efficiency of public schools in Kuwait over four levels of schooling (kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary) and two periods (1999/00 and 2004/05) using data envelopment analysis (DEA). Mean pure technical efficiency varies between 0.695 and 0.852 across all levels of education; the majority of schools at kindergarten, primary and intermediate levels are operating at a point where returns to scale are increasing; and there are considerable cost efficiencies to be gained. In a second stage analysis of the determinants of efficiency, teacher salary and the proportion of teaching staff who are Kuwaiti are highly significant in explaining school efficiency at all levels. The former has a positive effect and the latter a negative effect. All-girls schools have significantly higher efficiency than all-boys schools. There is limited evidence that geographical location affects efficiency, and this may be a consequence of differences between regions in terms of affluence or density of population.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Education Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Middle East ; Kuwait ; data envelopment analysis ; efficiency ; schools
Subjects:
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 51089
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2011 12:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 14:31
Identification Number:
URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51089

Actions (login required)

View Item