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Quality adjusted measures of services in public schools
Department of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics, Box 6501, S-11383 Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7902-4683
2002 (English)In: European Journal of Operational Research, ISSN 0377-2217, E-ISSN 1872-6860, Vol. 136, no 3, p. 655-670Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study considers specification and estimation of cost functions in public schools. A number of production characteristics are included in the specification to control for observable differences between municipalities in the provision of their school services. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches are used to take into account the quality differences in school services. These approaches are then compared to the alternative output measure without any adjustment for quality differences. The sensitivity of different elasticities and returns to scale (RTS) measures with respect to alternative model specifications and quality adjustments are also analyzed. In the empirical section we examine performances of 286 Swedish municipalities in the production of primary and secondary school education during the 1992/3-1994/5 school years. ©2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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2002. Vol. 136, no 3, p. 655-670
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Cost effectiveness; Mathematical models; Public policy; Quality control; Specifications, Cost functions, Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24485DOI: 10.1016/S0377-2217(00)00331-3Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0036466486OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-24485DiVA, id: diva2:742844
Available from: 2014-09-02 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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