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Analysing the Research and Teaching Quality Achievement Frontier

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  • David Mayston

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The paper analyses the nature of the achievement possibility frontier between research and teaching quality in higher education under a system of quality evaluation by reference to discrete quality grades. It finds several important reasons why the associated feasible set is likely to be non-convex, and hence where the assumptions of the widely used nonparametric frontier performance analysis technique of Data Envelopment Analysis are no longer valid. The paper therefore investigates the use of the alternative Free Disposal Hull technique, and compares the results of deploying these techniques to the performance evaluation of UK Departments of Economics.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of York in its series Discussion Papers with number 11/25.

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Keywords: Research and teaching quality; Higher education; Departments of Economics; Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA); Free Disposal Hull;

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