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Efficiency, Productivity and Determinants of Inefficiency at Public Day Care Centers in Sweden

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  • Bjurek, Hans
  • Kjulin, Urban
  • Gustafsson, Bjorn
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    Efficiency differences among day care centers and productivity change over time are examined on the basis of nonparametric frontiers calculated using the data envelopment analysis methodology. The data consist of approximately 200 public day care centers in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the years 1988 and 1989. The findings indicate a potential output increase of about 10 to 15 percent each year and a productivity decrease of 3 percent between the years. An attempt is also made to explain the differences in inefficiency by applying a Tobit model. Copyright 1992 by The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 94 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 0 (Supplement)
    Pages: S173-87

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:94:y:1992:i:0:p:s173-87

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    1. Francesco Porcelli, 2009. "Effects of fiscal decentralisation and electoral accountability efficiency evidence from the Italian health care sector," Working Papers 2009/29, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
    2. Maija-Liisa Järviö & Kalevi Luoma, 2000. "Productivity Changes in Finnish Health Centres: A Malmquist Index Approach," Discussion Papers 218, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
    3. Gustafsson, Bjorn & Kjulin, Urban & Schwarz, Brita, 2002. " Central-Local Government Relations in Transition: The Case of Swedish Child Care," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 110(3-4), pages 305-25, March.
    4. Andrew Worthington & Brian Dollery, 2000. "Efficiency Measurement in the Local Public Sector: Econometric and Mathematical Programming Frontier Techniques," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 078, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
    5. Giannis Karagiannis & C. A. K. Lovell, 2013. "Productivity Measurement In Radial Dea Models With Multiple Constant Inputs," CEPA Working Papers Series WP082013, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.

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