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A two-stage double-bootstrap data envelopment analysis of efficiency differences of New Zealand secondary schools

  • W Robert J Alexander


    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

  • Alfred A. Haug


    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

  • Mohammad Jaforullah


    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

We conduct a two-stage (DEA and regression) analysis of the efficiency of New Zealand secondary schools. Unlike previous applications of two-stage semi-parametric modelling of the school Òproduction processÓ, we use Simar and WilsonÕs double bootstrap procedure, which permits valid inference in the presence of unknown serial correlation in the efficiency scores. We are therefore able to draw robust conclusions about a system that has undergone extensive reforms with respect to ideas high on the educational agenda such as decentralised school management and parental choice. Most importantly, we find that school type affects school efficiency and so too does teacher quality.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0714.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
Date of revision: Nov 2007
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0714
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