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Cost Functions for Australian Universities

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  • Throsby, C D

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This paper reports some new cost functions for the Australian university sector, estimated using pooled data at the interinstitution level and cross-section data at the interfaculty level. The results shed some light on scale relationships between and within universities in Australia, and enable some quantification of the cost differences between the arts, natural science, and professional-scientific subject areas. After allowance is made for resources devoted to research, teaching-only recurrent costs are derived which form a basis for a broad evaluation of alternative tuition-fee proposals for Australian universities at the present time. Copyright 1986 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd/University of Adelaide and Flinders University of South Australia

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  • Throsby, C D, 1986. "Cost Functions for Australian Universities," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(47), pages 175-192, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecp:v:25:y:1986:i:47:p:175-92
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    1. Kuo, Jenn-Shyong & Ho, Yi-Cheng, 2008. "The cost efficiency impact of the university operation fund on public universities in Taiwan," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 27(5), pages 603-612, October.
    2. Rebecca.Valenzuela & John Creedy, 2003. "A Cost Function for Higher Education in Australia," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 6(1), pages 117-134, March.
    3. Tirivayi, J.N. & Maasen van den Brink, H. & Groot, W.N.J., 2014. "Size and economies of scale in higher education and the implications for mergers," MERIT Working Papers 066, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    4. Abbott, M. & Doucouliagos, C., 2003. "The efficiency of Australian universities: a data envelopment analysis," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 89-97, February.
    5. Horne, Jocelyn & Hu, Baiding, 2008. "Estimation of cost efficiency of Australian universities," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 78(2), pages 266-275.
    6. P.W. Miller & J. Pincus, 1997. "Financing Higher Education in Australia: The case for superhecs," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 97-15, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.

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