Working papers, Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
Output specific efficiencies: The case of UK private secondary schools
(), Andrew Somers and Susanne Warning
Abstract: Based on regularly published data we quantitatively assess
the efficiency of UK secondary, private schools in providing quantity vs.
quality of graduates on a per output basis. In economic terms the primary
question is whether indeed an increase in the quantity of graduates with
the observed inputs would be associated with a deterioration of average
quality of graduates. The estimation framework is a new, statistically
enriched type of Data Envelopment Analysis as detailed in Gstach (2002) to
account for output-specific efficiencies. The results indicate that
quantity clearly dominates quality as performance distinguishing criteria
amongst sample schools, i.e. on average quantity efficiency is low while
quality efficiency is high. The results also provide evidence that the
abilities of schools to provide quantity resp. quality are positively
correlated. These findings indicate considerable scope for increasing the
number of graduates without sacrificing average graduation quality through
improved school management.
Keywords: Efficiency; Economics of Schooling; Human Capital; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I29; C11; C15; (follow links to similar papers)
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