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dc.contributor.authorAlexander, W Robert Jen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorJaforullah, Mohammaden_NZ
dc.date.available2011-04-07T03:06:34Z
dc.date.copyright2005-03en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationAlexander, W. R. J., & Jaforullah, M. (2005). Scale and pure efficiencies of New Zealand secondary schools (Economics Discussion Papers Series No. 501). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/1104en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/1104
dc.description.abstractThe scale efficiency of schools is a controversial matter. Government quite naturally wants to capture such scale efficiencies as are available, while parents and educators often favour smaller schools because of their perceived quality advantages that are not easily measurable. We use data envelopment analysis to calculate three different measures of the efficiency with which New Zealand secondary schools transform basic inputs into outputs. There is considerable variation across schools on all three measures: scale, pure and overall efficiencies. We more closely examine our sample broken down by ownership type, by single-sex/co-educational and by location. All of these factors influence the efficiency measures, with scale disadvantages evident in rural versus urban schools, Integrated schools generally outperforming State schools and single-sex schools outperforming co-educational ones, especially in pure efficiency terms. We then present evidence that higher socio-economic status of a school’s community confers both scale and pure efficiency advantages and use regression analysis to quantify the effects at work.en_NZ
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEconomics Discussion Papers Seriesen_NZ
dc.subject.lcshHC Economic History & Conditionsen_NZ
dc.subject.lcshHB Economic Theoryen_NZ
dc.titleScale and pure efficiencies of New Zealand secondary schoolsen_NZ
dc.typeDiscussion Paperen_NZ
dc.description.versionUnpublisheden_NZ
otago.bitstream.pages36en_NZ
otago.date.accession2005-11-25en_NZ
otago.schoolEconomicsen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.place.publicationDunedin, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.identifier.eprints63en_NZ
otago.school.eprintsEconomicsen_NZ
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