On centralized resource utilization and its reallocation by using DEA

Cecilio Mar-Molinero, Diego Prior*, Maria Manuela Segovia, Fabiola Portillo

*Corresponding author for this work

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The standard DEA model allows different DMU units to set their own priorities for the inputs and outputs that form part of the efficiency assessment. In the case of a centralized organization with many outlets, such as an education authority that is responsible for many schools, it may be more sensible to operate in the most efficient way, but under a common set of priorities for all DMUs. The algorithm that is used to do this, the centralized resource allocation model, does just this. We show that the centralized resource allocation model can be substantially simplified and we interpret the simplifications and show how the model works using real data of Spanish public schools. Apart from finding the best way to reallocate resource among the schools, it is shown that the most desirable operating unit is found to be a by-product of the estimation. This is useful information when planning new schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-283
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • DEA
  • Efficiency
  • Production planning


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