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Autonomy, Performance And Efficiency: An Empirical Analysis Of Russian Universities 2014-2018

Tommaso Agasisti () and Ekaterina Shibanova ()
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Ekaterina Shibanova: National Research University Higher School of Economics

No WP BRP 224/EC/2020, HSE Working papers from National Research University Higher School of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the relationship between university institutional autonomy (both formal and informal) and their performance and efficiency using multi-stage empirical methodology. First, we measure an “autonomy-in-use” index, and then we employ Data Envelopment Analysis in order to evaluate institutional efficiency. Lastly, we use a panel fixed effect regression and an instrumental variable approach to provide robust evidence for the relationship between institutional autonomy, performance and efficiency. We find that formal status of autonomy does not predict higher publication activity or efficiency. However, the findings also reveal that informal autonomy is positively associated with efficiency scores, and advanced practices in staff management can contribute to increases in publication activity and overall institutional efficiency

Keywords: autonomy; higher education management; composite indicator; efficiency analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I22 I23 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2020
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Published in WP BRP Series: Economics / EC, March 2020, pages 1-39

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