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Efficiency and Equity in School Funding: A Case Study for Kansas

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  • Kalyan Chakraborty

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This study measures cost inefficiency of Kansas public school districts and applied both mathematical programming and stochastic frontier approach. The empirical study uses two-stage data envelopment analysis model and the cost inefficiency effects model proposed by Battese and Coelli (Empirical Economics 24:325–332, 1995 ) and applied to a panel data. The results found mean inefficiencies from these two models are very close. The results indicate that Kansas school districts, on average, exhibit cost inefficiency in their operations, however, there is a tendency for inefficiencies to decline over time. The study does not find any strong evidence for lower efficiency due to lower expenditure per-pupil. Instead, we found inconclusive evidences where lower efficiency for certain school districts could be assigned to unfavorable environmental cost conditions. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2008

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  • Kalyan Chakraborty & John Poggio, 2008. "Efficiency and Equity in School Funding: A Case Study for Kansas," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 14(2), pages 228-241, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:iaecre:v:14:y:2008:i:2:p:228-241:10.1007/s11294-008-9137-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s11294-008-9137-z
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    Keywords

    Cost inefficiency; Stochastic cost frontier; Function; Public education; D2; I2; R0;
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    JEL classification:

    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General

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