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Heterogeneity and the evaluation of efficiency: the case of Italian universities

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Applied Economics
Issue number11
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)1365-1375
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A random parameters stochastic frontier model is applied to Italian data in order to evaluate the cost function and efficiency of higher education institutions. The method yields useful information about inter-institutional variation in cost structure and technical efficiency. Returns to scale and scope are evaluated for the typical university, and it is found that these returns are almost ubiquitously decreasing, a finding with clear policy implications.