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


Lehmann, Erik E.; Meoli, Michele; Paleari, Stefano, Stockinger, Sarah A. E.

Unternehmensführung und Organisation Working Paper No. 08-17, 2017-08-24

Abstract:

In this paper, we compare the efficiency of the Italian and German universities in the process of transforming 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 2008. Using a sample of 133 public universities, of which 73 public universities in Germany and 60 public universities in Italy observed over the period 2006-2011 we find that Italian universities perform significantly better in terms of output maximization 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.

 

About the Author:  Erik E. Lehmann, Chair of Management and Organization, University of Augsburg, GBM Augsburg and CCSE Bergamo/Augsburg. Michele Meoli, University of Bergamo. Stefano Paleari, University of Bergamo, Sarah A. E. Stockinger, University of Augsburg.

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