Efficiency and University Size: Discipline-wise Evidence from European Universities
Strategic management of universities must build the best possible relation between inputs and outputs. One relevant question, in this perspective, is whether the unit is making the best use of existing resources, or whether technical efficiency is in place. Here we address the question of technical efficiency with respect to university’s size. The crucial concept in this analysis is conditional efficiency and the ratio of size-conditional to unconditional efficiency measures. In particular we take use of robust order-m efficiency scores presented in Cazals, Florens and Simar (2002) and generalized in Daraio and Simar (2005a,b) to analyze data from four European countries and four different research fields. Our results are still explorative and mainly show how heterogeneous international datasets could be used to analyze productivity differences.
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"Conditional nonparametric frontier models for convex and nonconvex technologies: a unifying approach,"
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LEM Papers Series
2003/17, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
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