Efficiency and Mergers in English Higher Education 1996/97 to 2008/09: Parametric and Non-Parametric Estimation of the Multi-Input Multi-Output Distance Function

Manchester School, Vol. 82, No. 4, 07.2014, p. 465-487

Posted: 9 Jan 2015

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Jill Johnes

University of Huddersfield

Date Written: July 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper explores the issue of efficiency in English higher education using data envelopment analysis and stochastic frontier analysis to estimate an output distance function (which incorporates measures of both quantity and quality of teaching and research inputs and outputs) over a 13-year period. The study compares the efficiency estimates derived from various estimation methods, and uses the results to provide guidance to researchers, managers and policymakers on undertaking efficiency studies. The length of the study under consideration allows a preliminary statistical investigation of the effects on efficiency of merger activity in higher education.

Keywords: Higher education, Efficiency, Frontier estimation, Stochastic frontier analysis, Distance function, Mergers

Suggested Citation

Johnes, Jill, Efficiency and Mergers in English Higher Education 1996/97 to 2008/09: Parametric and Non-Parametric Estimation of the Multi-Input Multi-Output Distance Function (July 1, 2014). Manchester School, Vol. 82, No. 4, 07.2014, p. 465-487. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546740

Jill Johnes (Contact Author)

University of Huddersfield ( email )

Queensgate
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
United Kingdom

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