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Relative Efficiencies of Public Parks in Three Cities of Punjab

Asima Ihsan and Bilal Mehmood
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Bilal Mehmood: Department of Economics, GC University, Lahore, Pakistan.

International Journal of Economics and Empirical Research (IJEER), 2016, vol. 4, issue 1, 9-24

Abstract: PPublic parks in urban areas are important because of their potential of contribution to the preservation of urban environment, especially for the areas where population density is very high such as the mega cities of Punjab. Besides many ecological and environmental services, the small and large scale public parks in cities provide many economic, social and health benefits to people. Under develop countries have limited resources to develop new parks due to high cost. So it is rational to encourage efficient management practices in public parks. Purpose: This research examined the relative performance of public parks under Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) for the time period 2011-14 in Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Methodology: PHA continuous to face severity in allocated public funds cut. Findings: Our findings, using Data Envelopment Analysis suggest means of improvement in terms of cost, productivity and visitors satisfaction level. Recommendations: This paper opens new directions for policy makers in improving quality of public parks.

Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis; Public Parks Management; Total Factor Productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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