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Efficiency measures and productivity indexes in the context of university library benchmarking


Reichmann, Gerhard; Sommersguter-Reichmann, Margit


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Abstract Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) has attracted considerable attention during the last few decades as an intuitively clear method for performance assessment. Theoretical developments have taken turns with empirical efficiency studies. In this paper we empirically analyse performance differences across university li-braries from different countries from a cross-section and a longitudinal perspec-tive. We use the Malmquist index approach to disentangle environmental effi-ciency from technical efficiency to highlight performance differences eventually induced by environmental factors beyond the control of library management, as well as to decompose productivity changes over time into changes in technical efficiency and changes in technology. In our cross-section analysis we found that North American libraries are more productive at higher input levels than the European libraries from Germany and Austria at which we looked in this contribu-tion. Moreover, the largest North American libraries are still able to improve per-formance, as the results of panel data analysis revealed.
Klassifikation Information und Dokumentation, Bibliotheken, Archive; Szientometrie, Bibliometrie, Informetrie
Publikationsjahr 2009
Seitenangabe S. 311-323
Zeitschriftentitel Applied Economics, 42 (2009) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840701604511
ISSN 1466-4283
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)