Policy evaluation and efficiency: a systematic literature review

A. Mergoni*, K. De Witte

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Abstract

This paper provides a systematic literature review of studies investigating the effect of an intervention on the efficiency of a decision-making unit, when efficiency is computed using nonparametric frontier approaches. This paper offers a guide for future research by identifying patterns in (1) the fields of application, (2) applied efficiency models, and (3) analysis of efficiency determinants. Our findings indicate that, despite the prominent role of frontier techniques in the analysis of public sector performances and the importance of the effectiveness and the policy perspective, these two approaches have long been kept separate. Nevertheless, the combination of efficiency and effectiveness is fundamental to evaluate public interventions and to detect inefficiencies at the policy level, especially in key sectors such as education, health, and environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1359
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Transactions in Operational Research
Volume29
Issue number3
Early online date6 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

JEL classifications

  • l38 - Public Policy
  • d04 - "Microeconomic Policy: Formulation; Implementation; Evaluation"

Keywords

  • DEA
  • Decision making
  • Decision making unit
  • Efficiency
  • Efficiency models
  • Nonparametric frontier
  • Policy evaluation
  • Policy level
  • Public interventions
  • Public sector
  • Systematic literature review
  • efficiency
  • policy evaluation
  • systematic literature review
  • ENVIRONMENTAL-POLICY
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DATA ENVELOPMENT ANALYSIS
  • IMPACT
  • NONPARAMETRIC FRONTIER ESTIMATION
  • HEALTH-CARE
  • UNIVERSITIES
  • PROGRAM
  • PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH

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