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Fiscal decentralization and the performance of higher education institutions: the case of Europe

Fiscal decentralization and the performance of higher education institutions: the case of Europe This paper empirically evaluates the impact of fiscal decentralization on the performance of higher education systems. To test this relationship, we build up a panel dataset composed of European countries. Country-level performance is measured by an indicator using data from the Shanghai ranking. Using a dynamic panel approach, we find that a higher share of government spending coming from decentralized levels of governments leads to an improvement of the performance of research-intensive higher education institutions. We argue that a more decentralized higher education system increases the ability to attract and retain top scholars. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Empirica Springer Journals

Fiscal decentralization and the performance of higher education institutions: the case of Europe

Empirica , Volume 48 (3) – Aug 27, 2020

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2020
ISSN
0340-8744
eISSN
1573-6911
DOI
10.1007/s10663-020-09489-z
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Abstract

This paper empirically evaluates the impact of fiscal decentralization on the performance of higher education systems. To test this relationship, we build up a panel dataset composed of European countries. Country-level performance is measured by an indicator using data from the Shanghai ranking. Using a dynamic panel approach, we find that a higher share of government spending coming from decentralized levels of governments leads to an improvement of the performance of research-intensive higher education institutions. We argue that a more decentralized higher education system increases the ability to attract and retain top scholars.

Journal

EmpiricaSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 27, 2020

Keywords: Fiscal decentralization; Ranking; Research; Higher education institutions; I23; I28; H52; H75

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