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Operational Research in education

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Operational Research (OR) techniques have been applied, from the early stages of the discipline, to a wide variety of issues in education. At the government level, these include questions of what resources should be allocated to education as a whole and how these should be divided amongst the individual sectors of education and the institutions within the sectors. Another pertinent issue concerns the efficient operation of institutions, how to measure it, and whether resource allocation can be used to incentivise efficiency savings. Local governments, as well as being concerned with issues of resource allocation, may also need to make decisions regarding, for example, the creation and location of new institutions or closure of existing ones, as well as the day-to-day logistics of getting pupils to schools. Issues of concern for managers within schools and colleges include allocating the budgets, scheduling lessons and the assignment of students to courses. This survey provides an overview of the diverse problems faced by government, managers and consumers of education, and the OR techniques which have typically been applied in an effort to improve operations and provide solutions.

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  • Johnes, Jill, 2015. "Operational Research in education," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 243(3), pages 683-696.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:243:y:2015:i:3:p:683-696
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2014.10.043
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    1. Lai, Xiangjing & Hao, Jin-Kao, 2016. "Iterated maxima search for the maximally diverse grouping problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 254(3), pages 780-800.
    2. Andreas Kleine & Andreas Dellnitz, 2017. "Allocation of seminar applicants," Journal of Business Economics, Springer, vol. 87(7), pages 927-941, October.
    3. Kristof De Witte & Laura López-Torres, 2017. "Efficiency in education: a review of literature and a way forward," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, vol. 68(4), pages 339-363, April.
    4. Cordero, Jose M. & Polo, Cristina & Santín, Daniel & Simancas, Rosa, 2018. "Efficiency measurement and cross-country differences among schools: A robust conditional nonparametric analysis," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 45-60.
    5. Ben Yahia, Fatma & Essid, Hédi & Rebai, Sonia, 2018. "Do dropout and environmental factors matter? A directional distance function assessment of tunisian education efficiency," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 120-127.
    6. Jill Johnes, 2018. "University rankings: What do they really show?," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 115(1), pages 585-606, April.
    7. Gralka, Sabine, 2018. "Stochastic frontier analysis in higher education: A systematic review," CEPIE Working Papers 05/18, Technische Universität Dresden, Center of Public and International Economics (CEPIE).
    8. Aparicio, Juan & Cordero, Jose M. & Gonzalez, Martin & Lopez-Espin, Jose J., 2018. "Using non-radial DEA to assess school efficiency in a cross-country perspective: An empirical analysis of OECD countries," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 9-20.
    9. Víctor Giménez & Claudio Thieme & Diego Prior & Emili Tortosa-Ausina, 2019. "Comparing the Performance of National Educational Systems: Inequality Versus Achievement?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 141(2), pages 581-609, January.
    10. Aparicio, Juan & López-Torres, Laura & Santín, Daniel, 2018. "Economic crisis and public education. A productivity analysis using a Hicks-Moorsteen index," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 71(C), pages 34-44.
    11. David J Mayston, 2017. "Convexity, quality and efficiency in education," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, vol. 68(4), pages 446-455, April.
    12. Ahec Šonje, Amina & Deskar-Škrbić, Milan & Šonje, Velimir, 2018. "Efficiency of public expenditure on education: comparing Croatia with other NMS," MPRA Paper 85152, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Feb 2018.
    13. Carla Haelermans & John Ruggiero, 2017. "Non-parametric estimation of the cost of adequacy in education: the case of Dutch schools," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, vol. 68(4), pages 390-398, April.
    14. Paola Azar & Federico González & Leonel Muinelo-Gallo, 2018. "The efficiency of Uruguayan secondary schools: Evidence based on PISA 2015 data," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 18-14, Instituto de Economia - IECON.
    15. Yahia, F.B. & Essid, H., 2019. "Determinants of Tunisian Schools’ Efficiency: A DEA-Tobit Approach," Journal of Applied Management and Investments, Department of Business Administration and Corporate Security, International Humanitarian University, vol. 8(1), pages 44-56, February.
    16. Zhou, Qing & Benlic, Una & Wu, Qinghua & Hao, Jin-Kao, 2019. "Heuristic search to the capacitated clustering problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 273(2), pages 464-487.
    17. Víctor Giménez & Claudio Thieme & Diego Prior & Emili Tortosa-Ausina, 2017. "An international comparison of educational systems: a temporal analysis in presence of bad outputs," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 47(1), pages 83-101, February.

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