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The Economic Efficiency of Swedish Higher Education Institutions


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  • Daghbashyan, Zara

    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)


Using parametric frontier techniques, this paper investigates the economic efficiency of Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs) with an attempt to determine the factors causing efficiency differences. The analysis is conducted for 30 HEIs over the time period 2001-2005. A set of HEI organizational factors as well as faculty and student compositions are examined as potential determinants of economic efficiency. According to the estimates, half of the Swedish HEIs have above average efficiency of 85 percent. The economic efficiency is positively affected by HEI size, the number of students per faculty and a high proportion of young professors in the faculty. Another interesting finding is that the source of financing matters for efficient use of resources; in particular, HEIs with a higher level of government support are found to be less efficient.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 245.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 11 Mar 2011
Date of revision: 17 Dec 2012
Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0245

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Keywords: Cost efficiency; Stochastic Frontier Analysis; Universities;

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  1. Erkoc, Taptuk Emre, 2013. "Estimating Economic Efficiencies of Public Sector Organisations with Stochastic Frontier Analysis: Evidence from Turkish Higher Education," MPRA Paper 54101, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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