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Professor Jill Johnes

Formerly at Lancaster University


Jill Johnes has been in the Department of Economics of Lancaster University Management School since 1988, having previously worked at British Aerospace, Warton Division. Jill followed the publication of her book on Performance Indicators in 1990 with further research into the construction of indicators of university performance. In 1991 she was one of the first to receive the Sir Alastair Pilkington University of Lancaster Teaching Award. From 1994-2001 she took a break from research for family reasons, and continued to work on a part-time teaching only basis. In 2001, Jill resumed her research interests in assessing the efficiency of organisations, using frontier techniques such as data envelopment analysis (DEA) and stochastic frontier analysis (SFA).   She has applied these techniques to schools in Kuwait, further education establishments in England and universities in England.  More recently she has developed an interest in the efficiency of financial institutions.  In particular, she has been measuring the efficiency of Islamic banks compared to conventional banks in the Gulf region, and investigating the efficiency of banks in emerging EU economies. She is currently estimating the efficiency of English universities using a parametric multiple-output multiple-input distance function. She was recently (2011) awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her excellence in teaching.

Research Interests

Measuring efficiency, especially in the contexts of schools, universities and financial institutions.


BA, PhD Lancaster

External Roles

AIM Associate

Current Research

The parametric and non-parametric estmation of distance functions in English higher education

Research Grants

2012:   £44000 from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Efficiency in the Higher Education Sector.

2008:   US$12,500 from Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research: An Assessment of Cost Structure and Efficiency of Public Schools in Kuwait

2005:   £15000 from CEL (with S. Bradley)

2004:   £41000 from the DFES (with G. Johnes and E. Thanassoulis) 

2003:   £30000 from the DFES (with G. Johnes, E. Thanassoulis & A. Emrouznejad)

1989:   £21000 from the Isle of Man Government to study prices of energy, housing and transport (with H. Armstrong, G. Johnes and A MacBean)

PhDs Examined

August 2012: Comparative Evaluation of Public Universities in Malaysia using Data Envelopment Analysis by Wan Rohaida Wan Husain, University of Warwick

December 2009: Production efficiency analysis of higher education in the UK and lessons for China by Xiao Wang, University of York

November 2009: Causes and consequences of educational achievement: a macro and micro-economic analysis of international school test scores by Paul Atherton, Department of Economics, University of Nottingham

August 2009: Essays on the Efficiency of Schools and Student Achievement by Tanja Kirjavainen, Helsinki School of Economics

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