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Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis

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Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis. / Thanassoulis, E.; Kortelainen, M.; Johnes, G.; Johnes, J.

In: Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 62, No. 7, 07.2011, p. 1282-1297.

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Thanassoulis, E, Kortelainen, M, Johnes, G & Johnes, J 2011, 'Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis', Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol. 62, no. 7, pp. 1282-1297. https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2010.68

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Thanassoulis, E., Kortelainen, M., Johnes, G., & Johnes, J. (2011). Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 62(7), 1282-1297. https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2010.68

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Thanassoulis E, Kortelainen M, Johnes G, Johnes J. Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis. Journal of the Operational Research Society. 2011 Jul;62(7):1282-1297. https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2010.68

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Thanassoulis, E. ; Kortelainen, M. ; Johnes, G. ; Johnes, J. / Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis. In: Journal of the Operational Research Society. 2011 ; Vol. 62, No. 7. pp. 1282-1297.

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