Does Competition Matter? The Efficiency of Regional Higher Education Systems and Competition: The Case of Russia

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Oleg Leshukov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Daria Platonova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Dmitry Semyonov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: October 21, 2015

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between the degree of competition between higher education institutions (HEIs) and the efficiency of regional higher education systems using evidence from the Russian Federation. The choice of the regional system of higher education as a unit of analysis is explained by features of the Russian system of higher education, especially by “closeness” in the borders of regions. Using data envelopment analysis (DEA) we investigate the efficiency of higher education systems in the regions and compare the results with the extent of higher education competition within them. The analysis finds that within the overall sample the correlation is positive, but not striking. However the extent of competition correlates with the efficiency of regional sets of HEIs more in less socio-economically developed regions.

Keywords: higher education, efficiency, competition, regions, Russia

JEL Classification: I23, I28

Suggested Citation

Leshukov, Oleg and Platonova, Daria and Semyonov, Dmitry, Does Competition Matter? The Efficiency of Regional Higher Education Systems and Competition: The Case of Russia (October 21, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 29/EDU/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2683991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2683991

Oleg Leshukov (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Daria Platonova

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Dmitry Semyonov

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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