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Efficiency of Public Education in a Multiproduct Context: The Case of Colombian Municipalities

Ligia Alba Melo-Becerra (), Lucas Hahn, Dalma Sofía Ariza-Hernández () and Cristian Oswaldo Carmona-Sanchez ()
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Ligia Alba Melo-Becerra: Banco de la República de Colombia,
Dalma Sofía Ariza-Hernández: Departamento Nacional de Planeación
Cristian Oswaldo Carmona-Sanchez: Departamento Nacional de Planeación

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Ligia Melo ()

Borradores de Economia from Banco de la Republica de Colombia

Abstract: This paper estimates the local efficiency of the public provision of education in Colombia between 2007 and 2014. The empirical analysis relies on a multiproduct function that assesses public performance considering two types of education products: quality and enrolment. Results for Colombian municipalities show efficiencies that vary between 10% and 90%, suggesting that better results in quality and enrolment in public education could be accomplished using the same resources. Sources of inefficiency are explored, such as institutional environment and fiscal autonomy. Differing regional patterns are observed for the cases of education quality and enrolment.

Keywords: Education; Technical Efficiency; Multiproduct Function; Colombia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D24 H75 I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21
Date: 2016-12
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