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An Empirical Analysis Of Productivity In Australian Local Government, 1993/94 TO 1995/96

Worthington, Andrew C. & Dollery, Brian E. (2002) An Empirical Analysis Of Productivity In Australian Local Government, 1993/94 TO 1995/96. Public Administration Quarterly, 26(1), pp. 234-269.

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Abstract

In this study the nature and extent of efficiency and productivity growth in Australian local government is investigated using nonparametric frontier techniques. Employing Malmquist indices, productivity growth is decomposed into technical efficiency change and technological change for two important local government functions; namely, domestic waste management and recycling services, and planning and regulatory services. The results indicate that there was little or no productivity growth at the frontier during the period in question, although there was substantial improvement in the relative efficiency of nearly all councils in both functions. That productivity growth which did occur appears largely due to an increase in efficiency over the period, with improvements in scale efficiency dominating for larger, urban developed councils, and improvements in technical efficiency being notable for smaller, rural agricultural councils.

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ID Code: 2563
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Access to the author-version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: a.worthington@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Malmquist indices, productivity, efficiency and technological change, local government
ISSN: 0734-9149
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Public Economics- Taxation and Revenue (140215)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 SPAEF Inc
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:25

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