Conference Prof. Dr. José Manuel Cordero

Title: Efficiency and productivity of Portuguese municipalities after local reforms

Speaker: José Manuel Cordero

Date: 10/11/2016 11:00 h

Location: Sala de Seminarios, Edificio Torretamarit


The aim of this work is to examine the effect of the reforms introduced in the structure of the Portuguese local administration after the bailout agreement in 2011 on the efficiency and productivity of municipalities. Specifically, we assess the performance of the 278 Portuguese mainland municipalities for the recent six-year period 2009-2014. Firstly, in order to determine a measure of productivity change we apply the global Malmquist productivity index developed by Pastor and Lovell (2005), which allows determining productivity change over time. Subsequently, since we are aware that the performance of local governments might be affected by their socio economic context, we apply the conditional frontier estimators developed by Daraio and Simar (2005) adapted to a dynamic framework by Mastromarco and Simar (2015). Furthermore, thie technique allows us to examine the effect of contextual and exogenous variables on municipal efficiency levels and technological change. The results reveal that the recent local reforms have had a positive effect on the productivity of municipalities, but only for small and medium-sized municipalities.

Brief Bio:

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in the University of Extremadura. He holds a degree and Ph.D. in Economics from the same university. His scientific production has been focused in the following fields of research: efficiency measurement in the public sector, economics of education and fiscal federalism, including local and regional governments. His research experience in the aforementioned fields has been reflected in multiple scientific articles published in referred journals as well as in several books and book chapters. He was a visiting scholar in Teachers College de Columbia University with the funds provided by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education. He has participated as principal researcher or as a member of the research group in multiple research projects from different entities (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Extremadura Government, Ramón Areces Foundation or the Institute for Fiscal Studies). Likewise, he has attended numerous conferences and congresses in Spain and worldwide related to his research interests. Previously he occupied a position as a technical advisor for the President of the Provincial Government in Badajoz and the President of the National Comission of Local Governments integrated in the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.


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12 January 2017