EFFICIENCY POTENTIAL AND EFFICIENCY
VARIATION IN NORWEGIAN LOWER SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Linn Renée Naper
The paper performs an efficiency analysis of the lower secondary
school sector in Norway. The efficiency potential is calculated to 14
percent based on a DEA analysis with grades in core subjects (adjusted
for student characteristics and family background) as outputs. The analysis
of the determinants of efficiency indicates that a high level of municipal
revenue, a high degree of party fragmentation, and a high share of socialists
in the local council are associated with low educational efficiency.
The negative effects of the share of socialists and party fragmentation
seem to reflect both higher resource use and lower student performance.