The Resistible Decline of European Science
AbstractUsing a data set of highly cited researchers in all fields of science, we show that the gap in scientific performance between Europe, especially continental Europe, and the USA is large. We model the number of highly cited researchers in a sample of countries as a function of physical and human capital and a country-specific, factor-augmenting Hicks-neutral productivity term. We find that differences in productivity between Anglo-Saxon countries and other countries are not solely due to differences in the levels of inputs. Not surprisingly, our results reveal the importance of English proficiency. However, they also show that the governance and design of research institutions that characterize Anglo-Saxon countries, as well as a few other countries that have similar institutions, is another critical factor for research output.
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- BAUWENS, Luc & MION, Giordano & THISSE, Jacques-François, . "The resistible decline of European Science," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2383, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
- Luc BAUWENS & Giordano MION & Jacques-François THISSE, 2011. "The Resistible Decline of European Science," Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) 2011041, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
- BAUWENS, Luc & MION, Giordano & THISSE, Jacques-François, 2007. "The resistible decline of European science," CORE Discussion Papers 2007092, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
- C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
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- NEP-ALL-2008-04-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2008-04-12 (Education)
- NEP-EEC-2008-04-12 (European Economics)
- NEP-EFF-2008-04-12 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-KNM-2008-04-12 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-SOG-2008-04-12 (Sociology of Economics)
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