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Approaching effects of the economic crisis on university efficiency: A comparative study of Germany and Italy

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  • Lehmann, Erik E.
  • Meoli, Michele
  • Paleari, Stefano
  • Stockinger, Sarah A. E.

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In this paper, we compare the efficiency of the Italian and German university system in the process of translating public funding into the multiple outputs of a university, i.e. graduating students, publishing research, and patenting activity. We do this with a particular focus on the policies implemented following the financial crisis in 2007/08. Using a sample of 133 public universities, of which 73 public universities in Germany and 60 public Italian universities, observed over the period 2006-2011, we find that Italian universities are significantly better in terms of cost efficiency than German universities. The crisis does not show a general impact, while the treatment effect indicates that Italian universities coped better during the crisis than their German counterparts at a highly significant level.

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  • Lehmann, Erik E. & Meoli, Michele & Paleari, Stefano & Stockinger, Sarah A. E., 2016. "Approaching effects of the economic crisis on university efficiency: A comparative study of Germany and Italy," UO Working Papers 01-16, University of Augsburg, Chair of Management and Organization.
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    1. Agasisti, Tommaso & Gralka, Sabine, 2017. "The transient and persistent efficiency of Italian and German universities: A stochastic frontier analysis," CEPIE Working Papers 14/17, Technische Universität Dresden, Center of Public and International Economics (CEPIE).
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    higher education; economic crisis; governance; data envelopment analysis; malmquist productivity index;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H12 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Crisis Management
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • N30 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - General, International, or Comparative

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