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The Impact of Regional Endowment and University Characteristics on University Efficiency


Lehmann, Erik E. and Susanne Warning

Unternehmensführung und Organisation Working Paper No. 04-10, 2010-10-06

Abstract: This study examines the impact of both university characteristics and regional endowment factors on the efficiency of universities at providing teaching and research. Evidence from 94 universities located in different areas of the UK provides compelling evidence that factors beyond the control of the university management shape technical efficiency. In particular, we analyze whether regional endowment can disadvantage universities and thus reduce their efficiency in producing their outputs. Our overall results show that (i) universities are more efficient providers of teaching than research; (ii) the variation in efficiency is larger for research than for teaching, and (iii) student ability negatively correlates with the degree of inefficiency. Finally, we find compelling evidence that regional endowment significantly matters for teaching and research efficiency. While (iv) university characteristics significantly matter for research efficiency, (v) environmental factors or regional endowment strongly influence teaching, research, and overall efficiency.

About the Authors: Susanne Warning, IAAEG, Germany; University of Trier, Germany. Erik E. Lehmann, Chair of Management and Organization, University of Augsburg, Germany.

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