Approaching effects of the economic crisis on university efficiency: a comparative study of Germany and Italy

  • In this paper, we compare the efficiency of the Italian and German universities in the process of transforming public funding into the multiple outputs of a university, i.e. graduating students, publishing research, and patenting activity. We do this with a particular focus on the policies implemented following the financial crisis in 2008. Using a sample of 133 public universities, of which 73 public universities in Germany and 60 public universities in Italy observed over the period 2006–2011 we find that Italian universities perform significantly better in terms of output maximization than German universities. The crisis does not show a general impact, while the treatment effect indicates that Italian universities coped better during the crisis than their German counterparts at a highly significant level.

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Author:Erik E. LehmannORCiDGND, Michele Meoli, Stefano Paleari, Sarah A. E. StockingerORCiD
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Parent Title (English):Eurasian Business Review
Publisher:Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Year of first Publication:2017
Release Date:2023/02/28
Tag:Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous); General Business, Management and Accounting
First Page:37
Last Page:54
Institutes:Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre / Lehrstuhl für Unternehmensführung und Organisation