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Approaching effects of the economic crisis on university efficiency: A comparative study of Germany and Italy

Erik Lehmann (), Michele Meoli, Stefano Paleari and Sarah A. E. Stockinger

No 01-16, UO Working Papers from University of Augsburg, Chair of Management and Organization

Abstract: In this paper, we compare the efficiency of the Italian and German university system in the process of translating public funding into the multiple outputs of a university, i.e. graduating students, publishing research, and patenting activity. We do this with a particular focus on the policies implemented following the financial crisis in 2007/08. Using a sample of 133 public universities, of which 73 public universities in Germany and 60 public Italian universities, observed over the period 2006-2011, we find that Italian universities are significantly better in terms of cost efficiency than German universities. The crisis does not show a general impact, while the treatment effect indicates that Italian universities coped better during the crisis than their German counterparts at a highly significant level.

Keywords: higher education; economic crisis; governance; data envelopment analysis; malmquist productivity index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H11 H12 I2 N30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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