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University Cost Structure In Taiwan

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  • TSU-TAN FU
  • CLIFF J. HUANG
  • FLORA F. TIEN

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"In this paper we demonstrate that the measures of scale and scope economies may be elusive if failing to consider quality variation among universities and endogeneity of congestion in students' learning and living facility utilization. Empirical results show that the private and highly congested universities have consistently underestimated the cost of congestion, which results in an upward bias in estimating the economies of scale and scope. Taking into account the quality of outputs in enrollments and the congestion factor, we find that the private and the more congested universities have much less scale and scope economies than the public and the less congested institutions. "("JEL "I21, H52, 9120) Copyright (c) 2008 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Tsu-Tan Fu & Cliff J. Huang & Flora F. Tien, 2008. "University Cost Structure In Taiwan," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 26(4), pages 651-662, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:26:y:2008:i:4:p:651-662
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    1. 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).

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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education

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