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The efficiency of economics departments reconsidered

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  • Wohlrabe, Klaus
  • Friedrich, Elisabeth

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Employing data envelopment analysis and the free disposal hull approach, we evaluate the efficiency of 206 economics departments around the world. We use one input, full-time equivalents, and ten outputs which were both downloaded from RePEc website. By averaging over 1023 efficiency scores, obtained from all possible input-output combinations, we rank the economics departments. Furthermore, we provide some evidence that efficiency is not well correlated with reputation which is measured by the institutional ranking in RePEc.

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  • Wohlrabe, Klaus & Friedrich, Elisabeth, 2016. "The efficiency of economics departments reconsidered," MPRA Paper 70123, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:70123
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    1. Matthias Gnewuch & Klaus Wohlrabe, 2018. "Super-efficiency of education institutions: an application to economics departments," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(6), pages 610-623, November.
    2. repec:ebl:ecbull:eb-17-00556 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Klaus Wohlrabe & Elisabeth Friedrich, 2017. "The efficiency of economics departments reconsidered," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 37(3), pages 1602-1611.
    4. repec:ces:ifosdt:v:71:y:2018:i:15:p:30-34 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    efficiency; economics departments; data envelopment analysis; free disposal hull; RePEc;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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