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Efficiency in Turkish State Libraries a Data Envelopment Analysis Application

Sacit Akdede () and Yigit Kazancoglu
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Yigit Kazancoglu: Izmir University of Economics

A chapter in Proceedings of the International Conference on Human and Economic Resources, 2006, pp 72-81 from Izmir University of Economics

Abstract: This paper investigates the relative efficiency of public (state) libraries of major cities in Turkey by applying a data envelopment analysis. Scale, technical, and overall efficiency scores are calculated. It is found that there is a negative correlation between economic and social development index of the cities and efficiency scores of state libraries of same cities. In order to understand the sources of technical inefficiencies, the slack analysis is employed. Book collection and library staff are turned out to be the most problematic inputs and library members and lending of the books the most problematic outputs.

Keywords: public libraries; efficiency; data envelopment analysis; Turkey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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