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The efficiency of German universities - some evidence from nonparametric and parametric methods


Pohl, Carsten; Kempkes, Gerhard


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Abstract Due to tight public budget constraints, the efficiency of publicly financed universities in Germany is receiving increasing attention in the academic as well as in the public discourse. Against this background we analyze the efficiency of 72 public German universities for the years 1998–2003, applying data envelopment and stochastic frontier analysis. Contrary to earlier studies we account for the faculty composition of universities, which proves to be an essential element in the efficiency of higher education. Our main finding is that East German universities have performed better in total factor productivity change compared to those in West Germany. However, when looking at mean efficiency scores over the sample period, West German universities still appear at the top end of relative efficiency outcomes.
Klassifikation Makroebene des Bildungswesens; Bildungswesen tertiärer Bereich
Freie Schlagwörter universities; efficiency; data envelopment analysis; stochastic frontier analysis; I21; M11
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Seitenangabe S. 2063-2079
Zeitschriftentitel Applied Economics, 42 (2010) 16
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840701765361
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)