An analysis of costs in institutions of higher education in England


Cost functions are estimated, using random effects and stochastic frontier methods, for English higher education institutions. The article advances on existing literature by employing finer disaggregation by subject, institution type and location, and by introducing consideration of quality effects. Estimates are provided of average incremental costs attached to each output type, and of returns to scale and scope. Implications for the policy of expansion of higher education are discussed.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Studies in Higher Education on 10 Oct 2008, available online at:
Publication ISSN: 1470-174X
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 10:13
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2009 13:34
Full Text Link: 10.1080/03075070802372901
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2008-10
Authors: Johnes, Geraint
Johnes, Jill
Thanassoulis, Emmanuel



Version: Accepted Version

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