Public sector performance measurement and stakeholder support

David N Figlio*, Lawrence W. Kenny

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Over the past several decades there has been dramatically increased attention paid to measuring the performance of public sector and nonprofit organizations in the United States and elsewhere. Recent research has indicated that public sector and nonprofit organizations are responsive to performance measurement in both productive and unproductive ways. However, it is not yet known how stakeholders respond to this measurement. This paper makes use of a unique panel survey dataset of the population of elementary and middle schools in the state of Florida to directly investigate this question. We exploit the fact that Florida changed its school grading system in 2002 and study the degree to which private contributions to schools are responsive to the information contained in school grades. We find evidence that school grades can have substantial effects on a school's ability to obtain private contributions. We also observe that schools serving different clienteles are treated differently in response to changes in school grades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1069-1077
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Volume93
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

Keywords

  • Performance measurement
  • Private contributions to public sector enterprises
  • Public sector management
  • School accountability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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