EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Economies of Scale and Governance of Library Systems: Evidence from West Virginia

Amir Borges Ferreira Neto and Joshua Hall

No 17-13, Working Papers from Department of Economics, West Virginia University

Abstract: Public libraries are a billion dollar industry in the United States. We explore the institutional determinants of public library technical efficiency using data from West Virginia. We first document considerable cross-district variation in library efficiency. While the average library district in our sample is between 81% and 90% efficient depending upon the year and measure, there are many district-years that are under 50%. We then explain our technical efficiency measures as a function of institutional variables reflecting the type of district and sources of funding. We find consistent evidence that urban libraries are more inefficient, perhaps because they are too small to achieve sufficient economies-of-scale in production of library services. In addition, we find revenue from local sources is associated with reduced efficiency, contrary to what would be predicted by local public goods producer theory.

Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis; Efficiency; Government; Public Libraries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H41 H76 I29 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2017-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://busecon.wvu.edu/phd_economics/pdf/17-13.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Economies of scale and governance of library systems: evidence from West Virginia (2019) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wvu:wpaper:17-13

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Department of Economics, West Virginia University Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Josh Hall ().

 
Page updated 2023-01-24
Handle: RePEc:wvu:wpaper:17-13