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Public Sector Performance Measurement

Faculté de gestion: Institut de hautes études en administration publique

Responsable(s): Jean-Marc Huguenin, Nils Soguel
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2013 -> 2014

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
4 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Efficiency (do things right) and Effectiveness (do the right things) are key-issues when assessing the performance of public services provision and public policies. By the end of the course you are able to apply various techniques to measure both dimensions. Parametric and non-parametric techniques to analyse efficiency are based on production possibility frontier ("best practice frontier") in order to benchmark decision making units (organisations). Techniques based on production and cost functions (parametric) and data envelopment (non parametric) are used. As for effectiveness, cost-benefit analysis is the most applied technique, usually for substantial projects. Apart from knowing how to apply it, you will discover the main techniques for valuing non-market goods.


1 Introduction to public sector performance measurement
2 Efficiency measurement: principles, data and measurement issues, data envelopment analysis, parametric techniques, benchmarking, best practice
3 Effectiveness measurement: principles, identification of relevant costs and benefits, measurement of costs and benefits, opportunity costs, discounting, dealing with uncertainty, evaluation of non-market goods


Continuous evaluation based on a case chosen by yourself.
Second try: 2-hour written exam


- Coelli, T.J., Prasada Rao, D.S, O'Donnel, C.J. and Battese G.E. (2005), An introduction to efficiency and productivity analysis, 2nd ed., New York
- Huguenin, J.-M. (2012). Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA): a pedagogical guide for decision makers in the public sector. Cahier de l'IDHEAP 276/2012. Lausanne: Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, University of Lausanne.
- De Rus, G., (2010), Introduction to cost-benefit analysis : looking for reasonable shortcuts, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar [IDHEAP 351.72:33; APA9174]
- Tresch (2008), Public Sector Economics, Palmgrave MacMillan, New York / Chapitre 10 consacré à l'ACB

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