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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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  • De Witte, K. & Verschelde, M., 2010. "On estimating the effectiveness of resources. A local maximum likelihood frontier approach on care for students," Working Papers 16, Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:tir:wpaper:16

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    1. Ludger Wößmann, 2008. "Efficiency and equity of European education and training policies," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 15(2), pages 199-230, April.
    2. Ludger Woesmann, 2003. "Schooling Resources, Educational Institutions and Student Performance: the International Evidence," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 65(2), pages 117-170, May.
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