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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Education Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/aacsb/disciplinebasedresearch
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 45008
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 18:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2019 00:48
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45008

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