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Evaluating the Efficiency of the Library Services of National Universities in Korea: A Parametric Distance Function Approach

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2011, 21(4), pp.215-235
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Yoo, Keum-Rok 1

1군산대학교

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ABSTRACT

Using the parametric distance function approach, this study analyzed the efficiency, its determinants and the returns-to-scale of twenty-four national universities in Korea in 2008. The empirical results show that there are large differences in technical efficiency among university libraries. The mean and standard deviation of the efficiency scores of national university libraries are 73.48% and 26.16%, respectively. University budget, the number of students, the number of university employees, and the number of registered library staffs don't have any significant effects on efficiency, while the number of faculty has a negative influence on efficiency at the 5% significance level. In addition, it was found that inefficient libraries operate in the region of decreasing returns to scale.

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