Investigating the Efficiency of University Students: The Case of an Economics Programme in Greece

20 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2005

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Anastasia Pseiridis

University of Central Greece - Department of Regional Economic Development; University of Patras - Department of Economics

Alexandra Kontolaimou

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Dionysios Psallidas

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

Numerous studies in the field of educational economics regress performance measures on various variables such as age, gender, prior achievement etc. These variables are supposed to be the inputs in the production function of the students. This procedure implicitly assumes that each student uses her resources (inputs) fully efficiently. The purpose of our paper is to assess whether student inefficiency exists. Using Data Envelopement Analysis we estimate the efficiency scores of students studying for an economics degree at University of Patras. We find that both pure technical inefficiency and scale inefficiency exists. We therefore suggest that regressing performance on input variables without controlling for possible inefficiency might lead to inaccurate estimators.

JEL Classification: J29, D29

Suggested Citation

Pseiridis, Anastasia and Kontolaimou, Alexandra and Psallidas, Dionysios, Investigating the Efficiency of University Students: The Case of an Economics Programme in Greece (October 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=845146 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.845146

Anastasia Pseiridis (Contact Author)

University of Central Greece - Department of Regional Economic Development

Lambrou Katsoni Square
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Greece

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Patras GR-265 04
Greece
+30 2610 969966 (Phone)

Alexandra Kontolaimou

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

Dionysios Psallidas

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

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