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Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis

Thanassoulis, E. and Kortelainen, M. and Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2011) Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 62 (7). pp. 1282-1297.

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    Abstract

    As student numbers in higher education in the UK have expanded during recent years, it has become increasingly important to understand its cost structure. This study applies Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to higher education institutions in England to assess their cost structure, efficiency and productivity. The paper complements an earlier study that used parametric methods to analyse the same panel data. Interestingly, DEA provides estimates of subject-specific unit costs that are in the same ballpark as those provided by the parametric methods. The paper then extends the previous analysis and finds that further student number increases of the order of 20–27% are feasible through exploiting operating and scale efficiency gains and also adjusting student mix. Finally the paper uses a Malmquist index approach to assess productivity change in the UK higher education. The results reveal that for a majority of institutions productivity has actually decreased during the study period.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Operational Research Society
    Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education ; data envelopment analysis ; performance measurement ; productivity ; cost function
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
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    ID Code: 51090
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 16 Nov 2011 14:01
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 15:33
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51090

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