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Title: Persistent and Transient Inefficiency in Adult Education
Authors: Badunenko, O
Mazrekaj, D
Kumbhakar, SC
De Witte, K
Keywords: stochastic frontier analysis;adult education;inefficiency;four-component model
Issue Date: 4-Nov-2020
Publisher: Springer Nature on behalf of Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria
Citation: Badunenko, O., Mazrekaj, D., Kumbhakar, S.C. and De Witte, K. (2020) 'Persistent and transient inefficiency in adult education', Empirical Economics, in press (18 pp.). doi:10.1007/s00181-020-01966-5.
Abstract: © The Author(s) 2020. This paper evaluates the inefficiency of adult education programs. Using an advanced four-component stochastic frontier model on Belgian adult education data, we distinguish between persistent and transient inefficiency of adult education programs. Whereas persistent inefficiency is structural and difficult to tackle because of its time-invariant nature, transient inefficiency can be eliminated somewhat easily without a major structural change. Thus, reduction in different inefficiency components may require different policy measures. Our results indicate that despite the presence of persistent inefficiency, the overall inefficiency is mainly driven by the transient component, and hence, at the control of the adult education management. The findings suggest that social interaction is relevant in adult education as both more sessions and more learners per program increase educational efficiency. Moreover, adult education programs seem to be particularly useful for young less-educated learners.
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ISSN: 0377-7332
Appears in Collections:Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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