Funding Polytechnics in England: An Application of Non-linear Programming

David Turner, Pratt John

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    This paper offers an application of non-linear programming to the funding system for polytechnics in England. The proposed model is used to anticipate the likely impact of government policy on institutions. One novel feature of the model is the authors’ decision to not make use of an objective function in the analysis. This decision is examined and justified. In particular, it is argued that, in this way, the application of non-linear programming can be extended as a descriptive tool in social sciences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)315 - 324
    Number of pages9
    JournalSocio-Economic Planning Sciences
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995


    • funding polytechnics
    • non-linear programming
    • funding system


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