An assessment of the performance of Italian public historical archives: Preservation vs utilisation.

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From: Journal of Policy Modeling(Vol. 42, Issue 6)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 233 words

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Keywords Cultural heritage; Archives; Efficiency; Network DEA; Nondiscretionary and intermediate measure; Non-parametric frontier Abstract Economists have paid an increasing attention to the estimation of efficiency in the public sector. Archives constitute an exception notwithstanding their cultural and historical relevance. This paper is, to the best of our knowledge, the first attempt to fill this lacuna. The analysis of the performance of archives raises theoretical issues because their outputs have characteristics of a pure public good (preservation) and of a private service (utilisation). Moreover, the trade-off between the long and short-run goals of, respectively, preservation and utilisation is central in most public policies concerning heritage. We address this issue by studying the efficiency of public historical archives (PHAs) in Italy, over the period 2011--2012. We use Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and implement one-stage and two-stage approaches to investigate PHAs' performance in the management of their different and potentially conflicting functions. Our analysis shows that PHAs perform better in the preservation function, considering the objectives and constraints they face. Author Affiliation: (a) Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Italy (b) Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy â¿ Corresponding author at: Corso Italia, 55 - 95129 Catania, Italy. Article History: Received 9 July 2019; Revised 22 October 2019; Accepted 15 December 2019 Byline: Calogero Guccio [guccio@unict.it] (a), Marco Martorana (a), Isidoro Mazza (a), Giacomo Pignataro (a,b), Ilde Rizzo (a)

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