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The efficiency of public and publicly subsidized high schools in Spain: Evidence from PISA-2006

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  • M-J Mancebón

    (Department of Applied Economics, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)

  • J Calero

    (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Á Choi

    (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

  • D P Ximénez-de-Embún

    (Department of Economic Analysis, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)

Abstract

This paper compares the efficiency of Spanish public and publicly subsidized private high schools by data envelopment analysis (DEA), employing the results provided by a hierarchical linear model (HLM) applied to PISA-2006 (Programme for International Students Assessment) microdata. The study places special emphasis on the estimation of the determinants of school outcomes. The educational production function is estimated through an HLM that takes into account the nested nature of PISA data. Inefficiencies are then measured through DEA and decomposed into two types: managerial (related to individual performance), and programme (related to structural differences between management models), following the approach adopted by Silva Portela and Thanassoulis. Once differences in students’ backgrounds, school resources and individual management inefficiencies are removed, the results reveal that Spanish public high schools are more efficient than their publicly subsidized private equivalents.

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  • M-J Mancebón & J Calero & Á Choi & D P Ximénez-de-Embún, 2012. "The efficiency of public and publicly subsidized high schools in Spain: Evidence from PISA-2006," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, vol. 63(11), pages 1516-1533, November.
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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
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