An Empirical Survey of Frontier Efficiency Measurement Techniques in Local Government

Worthington, Andrew C. & Dollery, Brian E. (2000) An Empirical Survey of Frontier Efficiency Measurement Techniques in Local Government. Local Government Studies, 26(2), pp. 23-52.

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Local government in advanced economies is undergoing a period of rapid reform aimed at enhancing its efficiency and effectiveness. Accordingly, the definition, measurement and improvement of organisational performance is crucial. Despite the importance of efficiency measurement in local government it is only relatively recently that econometric and mathematical frontier techniques have been applied to local public services. This paper attempts to provide a synoptic survey of the comparatively few empirical analyses of efficiency measurement in local government. We examine both the measurement of inefficiency in local public services and the determinants of local public sector efficiency. The implications of efficiency measurement for practitioners in local government are examined by way of conclusion.

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ID Code: 2659
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Local government, efficiency measurement, data envelopment analysis, stochastic frontiers, production functions
ISSN: 1743-9388
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Public Economics- Taxation and Revenue (140215)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Local Government Studies 26(2):pp. 23-52.
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:26

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