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dc.contributor.authorDe Witte, Kristof
dc.contributor.authorGeys, Benny
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-30T12:23:44Z
dc.date.available2012-01-30T12:23:44Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.issn1095-9068 (e-utg)
dc.identifier.issn0094-1190 (trykt utg)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11250/93598
dc.descriptionDette er siste forfatterversjon etter fagfellevurderingno_NO
dc.description.abstractProvision of most public goods (e.g., health care, libraries, education, police, fire protection, utilities) can be characterized by a two-stage production process. In the first-stage, basic inputs (e.g., labor and capital) are used to generate service potential (e.g., opening hours, materials), which is then, in the second-stage, transformed into observed outputs (e.g., school outcomes, library circulation, crimes solved). As final outputs are also affected by demand-side factors, conflating both production stages likely leads to biased inferences about public productive (in)efficiency and its determinants. Hence, this paper uses a specially tailored, fully non-parametric efficiency model allowing for both outlying observations and heterogeneity to analyse efficient public good provision in stage one only. We thereby employ a dataset comprising all 290 Flemish public libraries. Our findings suggest that ideological stance of the local government, wealth and density of the local population and source of library funding (i.e., local funding versus intergovernmental transfers) strongly affect library productive efficiency.no_NO
dc.language.isoengno_NO
dc.publisherElsevierno_NO
dc.subjectPublic good provisionno_NO
dc.subjectConditional efficiencyno_NO
dc.subjectNonparametric estimationno_NO
dc.subjectLibrariesno_NO
dc.subjectLocal governmentno_NO
dc.titleEvaluating Efficient Public Good Provision: Theory and Evidence from a Generalised Conditional Efficiency Model for Public Librariesno_NO
dc.typeJournal articleno_NO
dc.typePeer reviewedno_NO
dc.source.pagenumber319-327no_NO
dc.source.volume69no_NO
dc.source.journalJournal of Urban Economicsno_NO
dc.source.issue3no_NO
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2010.12.002


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