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May 11th, 2012

New paper: Measuring inefficiency in long-term care commissioning: Evidence from English local authorities

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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May 11th, 2012

New paper: Measuring inefficiency in long-term care commissioning: Evidence from English local authorities

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

by Francesco D’Amico and Jose-Luis Fernandez

Abstract from journal paper

Using a stochastic frontier approach, this paper explores efficiency in the commissioning of publicly funded social services among 148 English Councils through a six-year panel database (2002-2007), covering institutional and community care. Our estimates provide key policy evidence in a context in which optimization is critical both for social and financial purposes. Results suggest a slight decrease in the average inefficiency score, moving from 1.080 in the first year to 1.076 in the last year. Cost-output elasticity of institutional care is greater than those of community care services. Greater savings are obtained when the market is open to independent providers.

Full paper:

D’Amico F, Fernandez JL (2012) Measuring inefficiency in long-term care commissioning: Evidence from English local authorities, Applied Economic Perspective and Policy, 34, 2, 275-299.

This paper is part of a special issue on long-term care: Volume 34, Issue 2.

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