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Title:Three Essays in Public Economics
Author(s):Hemmeter, Jeffrey Andrew
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Powers, Elizabeth T.
Department / Program:Economics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Economics, General
Abstract:Local public services often must compete for funding from their providing governments. Public libraries have also had to endure the rise of large bookstores offering similar services. This may have motivated libraries to behave in a more cost efficient manner. Alternatively, monitoring of libraries may have decreased as patrons shift from library use to bookstore use, increasing inefficiency. In the final chapter of this dissertation a stochastic cost frontier and the determinants of cost inefficiency are estimated using a one-step maximum likelihood technique. The results suggest that libraries operate at roughly 44% greater costs than is efficient. Inefficiency is found to be largely due to the size of the population served, the source of funding, and improper staffing ratios. Private sector competition was found to slightly increase library cost inefficiency, consistent with a decrease in monitoring.
Issue Date:2004
Description:109 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3130933
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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