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Tenure. An Appraisal of a National Selection Process for Associate Professorship

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  • Daniele Checchi

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    (University of Milan Bicocca)

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This paper presents a case study of the national academic competition for associate professorship which took place in Italy during the academic year 1997-98. The two-stage selection procedure led to the appointment of 44 associate professors of Economics (discipline code P01A – Economia Politica). A quantitative analysis will attempt to measure the relative contribution to the appointment probability made by the candidates’ academic credentials; in particular published articles are classified according to the prestige rank of the journals concerned. According to our results, publishing in foreign journals increased the probability of entering a short list of applicants selected for interview (first stage), while the probability of appointment (second stage) was also affected by the evaluation obtained during the interview and other criteria such as a vacancy in the candidate’s own university. All things being equal, candidates from southern universities were favoured, whereas outsider applicants (located in foreign universities or holding non-academic positions, like Central Bank Research Department, etc.) were penalised.

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Article provided by GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University in its journal Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia.

Volume (Year): 58 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 137-181

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Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v58_n2_p137-181

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Keywords: education; university; academic competition; selection process;

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  1. Ruben Durante & Giovanna Labartino & Roberto Perotti, 2011. "Academic Dynasties: Decentralization and Familism in the Italian Academia," NBER Working Papers 17572, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Baccini Alberto, 2009. "Italian Economic Journals. A Network-based Ranking and an Exploratory Analysis of their Influence on Setting International Professional Standards," Rivista italiana degli economisti, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 491-512.
  3. Michele Pezzoni & Valerio Sterzi & Francesco Lissoni, 2009. "Career progress in centralized academic systems: social capital and institutions in France and Italy," KITeS Working Papers 026, KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy, revised 2009.
  4. Bonaventura, Luigi, 2011. "The Role of Frictions on Academic Recruitment System," DEMQ Working Paper Series 2011/2, University of Catania, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
  5. Maria De Paola & Vincenzo Scoppa, 2011. "Gender Discrimination and Evaluators’ Gender: Evidence from the Italian Academy," Working Papers 201106, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica).
  6. Ponzo, Michela & Scoppa, Vincenzo, 2011. "A simple model of favouritism in recruitment," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 78-88, June.
  7. Combes, Pierre-Philippe & Linnemer, Laurent & Visser, Michael, 2008. "Publish or peer-rich? The role of skills and networks in hiring economics professors," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 423-441, June.

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