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dc.contributor.authorKalb, Alexander
dc.contributor.authorGeys, Benny
dc.contributor.authorHeinemann, Friedrich
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-09T13:04:32Z
dc.date.available2012-09-01T23:00:09Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.issn1466-4283 (e-utg)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11250/93460
dc.descriptionThis is the authors’ final, accepted and refereed manuscript to the articleno_NO
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we investigate the cost efficiency of German local governments in the state of Baden-Württemberg in 2004 using a stochastic frontier approach. Besides being the first study on German data, we add two elements to the literature. First, we provide a comparative perspective, allowing us to embed our results in the broader literature. Second, unlike most previous studies, we explicitly account for exogenous or non-discretionary influences when estimating municipal efficiency scores. The results suggest that disregarding such exogenous factors can lead to significant and systematic bias in the estimated inefficiency levels. Particularly, underestimation of efficiency occurs for municipalities with high tourist activity, while the reverse is true for municipalities with high unemployment.no_NO
dc.language.isoengno_NO
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisno_NO
dc.subjectTechnical Efficiencyno_NO
dc.subjectStochastic Frontier Analysisno_NO
dc.subjectGerman Municipalitiesno_NO
dc.titleValue for money? German local government efficiency in a comparative perspectiveno_NO
dc.typeJournal articleno_NO
dc.typePeer reviewedno_NO
dc.source.pagenumber201-218no_NO
dc.source.volume44no_NO
dc.source.journalApplied Economicsno_NO
dc.source.issue2no_NO
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2010.502110


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