How and why does cost efficiency of universities differ across European countries?: An explorative attempt using new micro data
2012 (English)In: The European Higher Education Landscape: Diversity and Performance / [ed] Banaccorsi, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012Chapter in book (Other academic)
This study analyses the cost efficiency of universities in a set of public higher education institutions (HEI) from six European countries by means of stochastic frontier techniques. Using a new cross-national set of university input and output variables as well as series of university-related exogenous variables, it explores cross-country variation in cost efficiency and the impact of institutional factors on efficiency variation.
The results suggest small variations in the mean economic efficiency of higher education institutions from the UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland, implying that efficiency differences in HEIs of these countries are not explained by country effects. Austrian HEIs are an exception in this respect. Furthermore, according to our results big universities and those with a high proportion of teaching and research personnel are more efficient, everything else equal.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012.
Cost efficiency, stochastic frontier analysis, universities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-109503OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-109503DiVA: diva2:582871
ERSA 2010 Congress
QC 201301072013-01-072013-01-072013-01-07Bibliographically approved