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HEI Efficiency and Quality of Life: Seeding the Pro-Sustainability Efficiency

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Research Center in Business Sciences (NECE), Department of Management and Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Beira Interior, 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal
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CEG-IST—Centre for Management Studies of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
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ICS—Instituto de Ciências Sociais, University of Lisbon, 1600-189 Lisbon, Portugal
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 514; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020514
Received: 13 November 2020 / Revised: 29 December 2020 / Accepted: 4 January 2021 / Published: 7 January 2021
This study assesses the efficiency of higher education institutions (HEIs), considering the social, environmental and cultural factors (pro-sustainability), and at the same time examines how this efficiency can influence regional quality of life (QoL). The study adopts a two-step methodology. In the first step, the standard Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) is used to estimate the efficiency scores of 23 Portuguese public HEIs; and in the second step, a multivariate logit regression is performed to assess the role played by the HEIs’ pro-sustainability efficiency in regional QoL. The main findings reveal that the HEIs located in the Greater Lisbon area have a higher pro-sustainability efficiency, but that efficiency is more significant regarding social factors. Concerning the contribution of pro-sustainability efficiency to the region’s QoL, this is significant for all the components, with the environmental and cultural aspects contributing positively to this significance. View Full-Text
Keywords: data envelopment analysis; higher education institutions; quality of life; pro-sustainability data envelopment analysis; higher education institutions; quality of life; pro-sustainability
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Pedro, E.d.M.; Leitão, J.; Alves, H. HEI Efficiency and Quality of Life: Seeding the Pro-Sustainability Efficiency. Sustainability 2021, 13, 514. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020514

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Pedro EdM, Leitão J, Alves H. HEI Efficiency and Quality of Life: Seeding the Pro-Sustainability Efficiency. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):514. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020514

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Pedro, Eugénia d.M., João Leitão, and Helena Alves. 2021. "HEI Efficiency and Quality of Life: Seeding the Pro-Sustainability Efficiency" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 514. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020514

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