Graduate Program


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2022

Thesis Director

Ali R. Moshtagh

Thesis Committee Member

Ahmed S. Abou-Zaid

Thesis Committee Member

Linda S. Ghent


Nonprofits are a growing part of America’s economy and play an import role in fulfilling the needs of society in addition to private firms and government agencies. Economists haven’t researched nonprofits as much as other firms in the past, but this is starting to change. This project looks at the efficiency of 20 food banks in the United States using Data Envelopment Analysis. The results show that American Food Banks appear to be using their funds efficiently, but others could learn to use their inputs and outputs in a more efficient manner. As more data becomes available, this area of research will hopefully continue to grow.