Assessing Education and Health Efficiency in OECD Countries Using Alternative Input Measures

28 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2012

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Antonio Afonso

University of Lisbon - ISEG (School of Economics and Management); UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics)

Miguel St. Aubyn

Technical University of Lisbon - ISEG (School of Economics and Management); UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics)

Date Written: March 31, 2005

Abstract

Efficiency of education and health provision in a sample of OECD countries is assessed by means of two alternative non-parametric methodologies: FDH and DEA. The efficiency frontier is estimated using both measures of expenditure and quantity inputs, as a country may well be efficient from a technical point of view but appear as inefficient if the inputs it uses are expensive. Only a small number of countries are efficient irrespective of sector or method: Finland, Japan, Korea and Sweden. Detected inefficiencies may be quite high in other countries, and, as these are two areas where public expenditure is predominant, these findings have strong policy implications.

Keywords: expenditure and education, expenditure and health, spending efficiency, production possibility frontier, FDH, DEA

JEL Classification: I18, I21, I28, H51, H52, C14

Suggested Citation

Afonso, Antonio and St. Aubyn, Miguel, Assessing Education and Health Efficiency in OECD Countries Using Alternative Input Measures (March 31, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2018857 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2018857

Antonio Afonso (Contact Author)

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Miguel St. Aubyn

Technical University of Lisbon - ISEG (School of Economics and Management) ( email )

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UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics)

ISEG/UTL, Rua Miguel Lupi 20
1249-078 Lisboa
Portugal
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