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Study on the efficiency and effectiveness of public spending on tertiary education

  • Miguel St. Aubyn
  • �lvaro Pina
  • Filomena Garcia
  • Joana Pais

The purpose of the study is to assess efficiency in public tertiary education systems across EU countries plus Japan and the US with semi-parametric methods and stochastic frontier analysis. The study identifies a core group of efficient countries. A good quality secondary system, output-based funding rules, institutions' independent evaluation and staff policy autonomy are positively related to efficiency. Moreover, the study provides evidence that public spending on tertiary education is more effective in what concerns labour productivity growth and employability when it is coupled with efficiency.

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Paper provided by Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission in its series European Economy - Economic Papers with number 390.

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Length: 148 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:euf:ecopap:0390
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