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Modelling Effectiveness-Equity Trade-Offs in Public Service Delivery Systems


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  • Marvin B. Mandell

    (Policy Sciences Graduate Program, University of Maryland Graduate School, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland 21228)

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    Distributional equity is a particularly salient objective in public sector decision making, in general, and decision making concerning the delivery of public services such as education, libraries, sanitation, and public safety, in particular. In this paper two related bicriteria mathematical programming models are developed for identifying the trade-offs between overall output (effectiveness) and equity that result from alternative allocations of service resources among different service delivery sites (branches). The models developed here incorporate equity in a more satisfactory manner than have previous efforts. An illustrative application of the models to the allocation of new books among the branches of a public library system is presented.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 37 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 467-482

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:37:y:1991:i:4:p:467-482

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    Keywords: equity; government services; policy analysis: methodology; mathematical programming: applications;


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    2. Mandell, Marvin B. & Becker, Les R., 1996. "A model for locating automatic external defibrillators," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 51-66, March.
    3. Drezner, Tammy & Drezner, Zvi & Hulliger, Beat, 2014. "The Quintile Share Ratio in location analysis," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 238(1), pages 166-174.
    4. Ogryczak, Wlodzimierz, 1997. "On the lexicographic minimax approach to location problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 100(3), pages 566-585, August.
    5. Perugia, Alessandro & Moccia, Luigi & Cordeau, Jean-Fran├žois & Laporte, Gilbert, 2011. "Designing a home-to-work bus service in a metropolitan area," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 45(10), pages 1710-1726.
    6. Ogryczak, Wlodzimierz, 2000. "Inequality measures and equitable approaches to location problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 122(2), pages 374-391, April.
    7. Singer, Marcos & Donoso, Patricio & Poblete, Francisco, 2002. "Semi-autonomous planning using linear programming in the Chilean General Treasury," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 140(2), pages 517-529, July.


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