The Efficiency of Public Schools: The Case of Kuwait

Nadeem A. Burney , Jill Johnes , Mohammed Al-Enezi & Marwa Al-Musallam (2013) The efficiency of public schools: the case of Kuwait, Education Economics, 21:4, 360-379

Posted: 10 Jan 2015

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Nadeem A. Burney

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Jill Johnes

University of Huddersfield

Mohammed Al-Enezi

Independent

Marwa Al-Musallam

Independent

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This paper investigates the technical, and allocative efficiencies of public schools in Kuwait over four levels of schooling (kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary) and two periods (1999/2000 and 2004/2005) using data envelopment analysis. Mean pure technical efficiency varies between 0.695 and 0.852 across all levels of education; the majority of schools at kindergarten, primary and intermediate levels are operating at a point where returns to scale are increasing, and there are considerable cost efficiencies to be gained. In a second-stage analysis of the determinants of efficiency, teacher salary and the proportion of teaching staff who are Kuwaiti are highly significant in explaining school efficiency at all levels. The former has a positive effect and the latter a negative effect. All-girls schools have significantly higher efficiency than all boys schools. There is limited evidence that geographical location affects efficiency, and this may be a consequence of differences between regions in terms of affluence or density of population.

Keywords: Middle East, Kuwait, Data envelopment analysis, Efficiency, Schools

JEL Classification: C14, C51, D24, I21, O3

Suggested Citation

Burney, Nadeem A. and Johnes, Jill and Al-Enezi, Mohammed and Al-Musallam, Marwa, The Efficiency of Public Schools: The Case of Kuwait (2013). Nadeem A. Burney , Jill Johnes , Mohammed Al-Enezi & Marwa Al-Musallam (2013) The efficiency of public schools: the case of Kuwait, Education Economics, 21:4, 360-379. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546743

Nadeem A. Burney

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research ( email )

P.O Box 24885
Safat 13109
Kuwait

Jill Johnes (Contact Author)

University of Huddersfield ( email )

Queensgate
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
United Kingdom

Mohammed Al-Enezi

Independent

No Address Available

Marwa Al-Musallam

Independent

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