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How Should Research Performance Be Measured? A Study Of Swedish Economists

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  • MAGNUS HENREKSON
  • DANIEL WALDENSTRÖM

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Billions of dollars are allocated every year to university research. Increased specialisation and international integration of research and researchers has sharply raised the need for comparisons of performance across fields, institutions and individual researchers. However, there is still no consensus regarding how such rankings should be conducted and what output measures are appropriate to use. We rank all full professors in a particular discipline, economics, in one country using seven established, and some of them commonly used, meas-ures of research performance. Our examination shows both that the rank order can vary greatly across measures, and that depending on the measure used the distribution of total research output is valued very differently.

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Article provided by University of Manchester in its journal The Manchester School.

Volume (Year): 79 (2011)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1139-1156

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  1. > Economics Profession > Ranking in Economics
  2. > Economics Profession > Ranking in Economics > Ranking Methodology
  3. > Economics Profession > Ranking in Economics > Ranking Economists
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  1. David L. Anderson & John Tressler, 2010. "The Merits of Using Citation-Based Journal Weighting Schemes to Measure Research Performance in Economics: The Case of New Zealand," Working Papers in Economics, University of Waikato, Department of Economics 10/03, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.
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  3. David L. Anderson & John Tressler, 2011. "The Merits of Using Citations to Measure Research Output in Economics Departments: The New Zealand Case," Working Papers in Economics, University of Waikato, Department of Economics 11/11, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.
  4. Stelios Katranidis & Theodore Panagiotidis & Costas Zontanos, 2012. "An evaluation of the Greek Universities Economics Departments," Discussion Paper Series 2012_01, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, revised Jan 2012.
  5. Matthias Meyer & Rüdiger W. Waldkirch & Michael A. Zaggl, 2012. "Relative Performance Measurement of Researchers: The Impact of Data Source Selection," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 64(4), pages 308-330, October.
  6. Di Vaio, Gianfranco & Waldenström, Daniel & Weisdorf, Jacob, 2012. "Citation success: Evidence from economic history journal publications," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 92-104.
  7. Frances P. Ruane & Richard S.J. Tol, 2007. "Centres of Research Excellence in Economics in the Republic of Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 38(3), pages 289–322.
  8. Müller, Harry, 2012. "Die Zitationshäufigkeit als Qualitätsindikator im Rahmen der Forschungsleistungsmessung," Discussion Papers of the Institute for Organisational Economics 1/2012, University of Münster, Institute for Organisational Economics.

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