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Measuring Efficiency of Macro Systems: An Application to Millennium Development Goal Attainment
Ajay Tandon (au)
At least part of the effort toward Millennium Develop. Goal (MDG) attainment in the social sector could come from improvements in efficiency of delivery mechanisms. Hence, it is important to know which countries -- or which regions within countries -- are able to attain higher MDG outcomes even after controlling for resource inputs. This info. can enable a second-stage analysis of why is it that some are doing better than others. This paper reviews the methodology for measuring efficiency in macro systems using the health & educ. sectors as examples. A simpler characterization of efficiency that is less dependent on econometric specifications is introduced. Here, this method is applied to assess health system outcomes at the district (”kabupatam”) level in Indonesia. Illus.
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