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Who is the "Platz-Hirsch" of the German Economics Profession? A Citation Analysis

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  • Heinrich W. Ursprung

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    (Department of Economics, Uni Konstanz)

  • Markus Zimmer

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    (Center for Economic Studies, University of Munich)

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In this paper, we investigate the informational content of citation-based research evaluations. To illustrate our analysis we refer to the 2005 Handelsblatt ranking of German academic economists. We make extensive use of the recently developed Hirsch-index and relate citation incidence to publication success, career age, and the topicality of the individual researchers' field of specailization. We arrive at the conclusion that citation-based indicators provide a very incomplete picture of research performance. To obtain acceptable bibliometric research evaluations, citation based indicators need to be complemented with indicators that measure publication success more directly.

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Article provided by Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics in its journal Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 227 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 187-208

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Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:227:y:2007:i:2:p:187-208

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  1. Michael Rauber & Heinrich Ursprung, 2006. "Evaluation of Researchers: A Life Cycle Analysis of German Academic Economists," CESifo Working Paper Series 1673, CESifo Group Munich.
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