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Jill has been Professor of Production Economics at the University of Huddersfield since January 2015. She started her career at British Aerospace, Warton Division as a Senior Commercial Apprentice, before working as lecturer, senior lecturer and finally Reader in Production Economics at Lancaster University, where she currently has a Visiting/Honorary position.

Jill’s core research examines organisational efficiency using frontier estimation techniques. From a combination of widely-cited journal publications and two highly influential books, Jill has gained a prominent national and international research reputation in education economics. Her early work, including the book Performance Indicators in Higher Education (1990), influenced the manner in which league tables are constructed, from an output approach to the now standard value-added approach. As a consequence, Jill has worked on efficiency issues with, for example, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (D/BIS), the European Union, the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research and the Swedish National Audit Office. She has also been invited to speak on education efficiency at a number of venues including the Swedish National Audit Office (2010), the Beijing Forum (2012), Beijing Normal University (2013), the Annual International Conference of the Association of Higher Education Researchers, Moscow (2013), Efficiency in Education Workshop, The Work Foundation, London (2014), and the 5th Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Catholic University Porto (2015). In addition she co-organised a conference on Efficiency in Education at the Work Foundation, London (19th to 20th September 2014) and has edited a special issue of the Journal of the Operational Research Society on Efficiency in Education (2016).

Jill has recently started to apply frontier estimation techniques in the context of the banking sector and in particular in comparing the Islamic and conventional banking business models. As testimony to her developing reputation in that context, she has presented papers on this subject at various conferences and was on the scientific committee for the Islamic Banking and Finance conference held at Lancaster University in 2014.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Production economics (measuring efficiency)

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Research Output 1987 2019

Chief executive pay in UK higher education: The role of university performance

Johnes, J. & Virmani, S., 16 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of Operations Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chief executives
Executive pay
Financial stability
Labour market

FDI and heterogeneity in bank efficiency: Evidence from emerging markets

Konara, P., Tan, Y. & Johnes, J., 28 Feb 2019, In : Research in International Business and Finance. 49, p. 100-113 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Foreign direct investment
Bank efficiency
Emerging markets
Technical efficiency
Scale efficiency
1 Citation (Scopus)

Does merging improve efficiency? A study of English universities

Papadimitriou, M. & Johnes, J., 21 Mar 2018, In : Studies in Higher Education. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

efficiency analysis
Bayesian methods
Policy implications

Handbook of Contemporary Education Economics

Johnes, G. (ed.), Johnes, J. (ed.), Agasisti, T. (ed.) & Lopez-Torres, L. (ed.), 1 Jan 2018, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Activities 2014 2018

  • 17 Oral presentation
  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 PhD Examination
  • 1 Invited talk

Vice Chancellor's Pay: Exploring the Value Conundrum

Jill Johnes (Speaker)
17 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

External Examiner - PhD Viva

Jill Johnes (Examiner)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

A Network Data Envelopment Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework Evaluation of Teaching in Universities in England

Jill Johnes (Speaker)
6 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Analysis of Sector Led Improvement of Children’s and Young People’s Services

Swati Virmani (Speaker), Jill Johnes (Speaker), Robert O'Neill (Speaker)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

6th International Workshop on Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services

Jill Johnes (Organiser)
6 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...