The efficiency of public schools: the case of Kuwait

Nadeem A. Burney, Jill Johnes, Mohammed Al-Enezi, Marwa Al-Musallam

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This paper investigates the technical, and allocative efficiencies of public schools in Kuwait over four levels of schooling (kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary) and two periods (1999/2000 and 2004/2005) using data envelopment analysis. Mean pure technical efficiency varies between 0.695 and 0.852 across all levels of education; the majority of schools at kindergarten, primary and intermediate levels are operating at a point where returns to scale are increasing, and there are considerable cost efficiencies to be gained. In a second-stage analysis of the determinants of efficiency, teacher salary and the proportion of teaching staff who are Kuwaiti are highly significant in explaining school efficiency at all levels. The former has a positive effect and the latter a negative effect. All-girls schools have significantly higher efficiency than all-boys schools. There is limited evidence that geographical location affects efficiency, and this may be a consequence of differences between regions in terms of affluence or density of population.

LanguageEnglish
Pages360-379
Number of pages20
JournalEducation Economics
Volume21
Issue number4
Early online date6 Sep 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Burney, Nadeem A. ; Johnes, Jill ; Al-Enezi, Mohammed ; Al-Musallam, Marwa. / The efficiency of public schools : the case of Kuwait. In: Education Economics. 2013 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 360-379.
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In: Education Economics, Vol. 21, No. 4, 09.2013, p. 360-379.

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