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An Empirical Survey of Frontier Efficiency Measurement Techniques in Local Government

By Andrew C. Worthington and Brian E. Dollery

Abstract

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

Topics: 140215 Public Economics- Taxation and Revenue, 160601 Australian Government and Politics, Local government, efficiency measurement, data envelopment analysis, stochastic frontiers, production functions
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:2659
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