In this paper the efficiency of Québec's school boards during a period of severe cutbacks in their finance is examined. Using Data Envelopment Analysis , the average efficiency is found to be relatively high. In spite of this, potential savings could be achieved if school boards were fully efficient. Results were found to depend heavily on school boards' socio- economic conditions, thus they were subjected to Tobit analysis and the boards' corrected efficiencies recalculated. It is concluded that inefficiencies cost 800 million dollars of which 200 million dollars come from unfavourable socio-economic conditions.
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Department of Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal, P.O. Box 8888, Station Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec, H3C 3P8, Canada
Department of Economics, Business School, Université de Sherbrooke, 2500 Boulevard Université, Sherbrooke, Québec, J1K 2R1, Canada
Publication date: 10 August 2005
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