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Best-practice benchmarking in UK higher education: new nonparametric approaches using financial ratios and profit efficiency methodologies

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The neglected issue of using profit efficiency for the best-practice benchmarking of UK universities is explored to see whether this supports the policy stance of encouraging more specialized university production. The article also investigates whether nonparametric modelling with financial ratios, in contrast to nonparametric modelling based on the prices and quantities of each university's inputs and outputs, can yield ready insights into this profit efficiency issue. The empirical results, using two new approaches, confirm that more specialized university production yields relatively higher performance on average than less specialized production. The results also highlight certain advantages of financial ratios modelling.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Business, Retail and Financial Services, University of Ulster, Coleraine, N. Ireland, UK 2: School of Economics and Politics, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, N. Ireland, UK 3: School of Management, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK 4: School of Computing & Information Engineering, University of Ulster, Coleraine, N. Ireland, UK

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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