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Malmquist indexes with quasi-fixed inputs: An application to school districts in Québec

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  • Pierre Ouellette

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    (GREDI, Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Valérie Vierstraete

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    (GREDI, Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

Abstract

In a non-market environment, there is no pressure coming from competitors that leads firms toward efficiency. Public education system is the target of many critiques as being such an example of inefficiency. Some papers attempted to measure the level of inefficiency of schools or school districts using different methods. Unfortunately, those methods do not include an important aspect of the school management that is characterized by the incapacity to adjust some inputs like buildings and equipment to their optimal level. In this paper, we use a generalization of Malmquist indexes that introduces this lack of flexibility in the measurement of productivity and we apply this method in the case of school districts in the Province of Québec (Canada).

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Paper provided by Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 08-25.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 12 Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:08-25

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Keywords: Data envelopment analysis; Efficiency; Productivity; Québec school districts;

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  1. López-Torres, Laura & Prior, Diego , 2013. "Do Parents Perceive The Technical Quality Of Public Schools? An Activity Analysis Approach," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 13(3), pages 39-60.

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