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On estimating the effectiveness of resources. A local maximum likelihood frontier approach on care for students

  • De Witte, K.
  • Verschelde, M.

To study education as a complex production process in a noisy and heterogeneous setting, this paper suggests to using a stochastic frontier model estimated by a local maximum likelihood approach (LMLSF). The LMLSF smoothly combines the virtues of the non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis model and the semi-parametric Stochastic Frontier model. Additionally, by the LMLSF approach one can deduce the e ectiveness of resources by examining the impact of inputs on the frontier. Indeed, while eciency estimations (i.e., doing the things right) received considerable attention in the literature, the analysis of effectiveness (i.e., doing the right things) is less explored. The approach is illustrated on a sample of Dutch primary education pupils. We examine the e ectiveness of instruction time, experience of the teacher, and student care (both social worker and psychologist) on educational attainments of native and non-native students.

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Paper provided by Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research in its series Working Papers with number 16.

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Date of creation: 00 2010
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  1. Ludger Woessmann, 2006. "Efficiency and Equity of European Education and Training Policies," CESifo Working Paper Series 1779, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Wößmann, Ludger, 2000. "Schooling Resources, Educational Institutions, and Student Performance: The International Evidence," Kiel Working Papers 983, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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