Super-Efficiency of Education Institutions: An Application to Economics Departments

29 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2018

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Matthias Gnewuch

University of Bonn

Klaus Wohlrabe

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: May 07, 2018

Abstract

This paper investigates the efficiency of 188 economics departments around the world using data from RePEc. We go beyond the heavily used data envelopment analysis and utilize partial frontier analysis - specifically order-α and order-m - which addresses some of the drawbacks of the standard efficiency frontier analysis and allows for so-called super-efficient departments. We examine the particularities of these approaches and find that the super-efficient departments are not only the “usual suspects”. Furthermore, standard output rankings are not well correlated with our estimated efficiency rankings, which themselves are rather similar.

Keywords: Super-Efficiency, Economics Departments, Data Envelopment Analysis, Order-α, Order-m, Free Disposal Hull, RePEc

JEL Classification: I210, I230, D610

Suggested Citation

Gnewuch, Matthias and Wohlrabe, Klaus, Super-Efficiency of Education Institutions: An Application to Economics Departments (May 07, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 7013, April 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3198491

Matthias Gnewuch

University of Bonn ( email )

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Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

Klaus Wohlrabe (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

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