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Evaluation of the Efficiency of Public Historical Archives

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Abstract: In the economic literature increasing attention is paid to the efficiency evaluation in the cultural sector. However, so far, the performance of archives is rarely investigated, notwithstanding their cultural and historical relevance. Indeed, the analysis of archives raises interesting theoretical issues because of the economic features of their outputs, ranging from public goods to divisible services. Moreover, similar services are usually provided in a decentralized way and, therefore, there is room for interesting benchmarking analysis and for policy implications. In this paper we investigate the efficiency of public historical archives in Italy over the period 2011-2012. The efficiency frontier is estimated using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) implementing several procedure that allows us to better investigate the performance. The efficiency analysis provides insights for policy implication.

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