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Evaluating the higher education productivity of Chinese and European “elite” universities using a meta-frontier approach

Tommaso Agasisti (), Guo-liang Yang, Yao-yao Song and Carolyn-Thi Thanh Dung Tran
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Tommaso Agasisti: Politecnico di Milano School of Management
Guo-liang Yang: Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yao-yao Song: Capital University of Economics and Business
Carolyn-Thi Thanh Dung Tran: The University of Sydney

Scientometrics, 2021, vol. 126, issue 7, No 19, 5819-5853

Abstract: Abstract This research focuses on a sample of European and Chinese elite universities for the period 2011–2015. We adopt a meta-frontier methodology to decompose their overall productivity in three main determinants: (1) technical efficiency compared with contemporaneous technology, (2) change in technical efficiency and (3) technology relative superiority of the two groups of universities. The results reveal different patterns of evolution: Chinese institutions’ productivity grows faster than that of their European counterparts (+ 7.15%/year vs 4.51%/year), however the latter maintain a higher level of technology in efficient production as a group.

Keywords: Higher education productivity; Meta-frontier; Elite universities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11192-021-03978-z

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