Measuring Inefficiency in Long-term Care Commissioning: Evidence from English Local Authorities
Using a stochastic frontier approach, this paper explores efficiency in the commissioning of publicly funded social services among 148 English Councils through a six-year panel database (2002-2007), covering institutional and community care. Our estimates provide key policy evidence in a context in which optimization is critical both for social and financial purposes. Results suggest a slight decrease in the average inefficiency score, moving from 1.080 in the first year to 1.076 in the last year. Cost-output elasticity of institutional care is greater than those of community care services. Greater savings are obtained when the market is open to independent providers. Copyright 2012, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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