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Museum assessment and FDH technology: a global approach

  • MAIRESSE, François

    (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium)

  • VANDEN EECKAUT, Philippe

    ()

    (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) and Institut de Statistique, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium)

This paper presents a global approach for museum assessment. We define a museum as an entity which needs to be evaluated according to three well defined tasks: preservation, research and communication, and outcomes. We propose a methodology based on the determination of efficiency frontiers. This method assumes a deterministic non parametric and non convex technology (Free Disposal Hull). We analyse technical efficiency, but also scale efficiency with a new restrictive scale approach. We present an ordering of museums into classes representing a level of performance with respect to the three required tasks. We illustrate our analysis using a three year database of museums from the French speaking region of Belgium.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1999038.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1999038
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