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Comparing the Early Research Performance of PhD Graduates in Labour Economics in Europe and the USA

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  • Cardoso, Ana Rute
  • Guimaraes, Paulo
  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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This paper analyzes the early research performance of PhD graduates in labor economics, addressing the following questions: Are there major productivity differences between graduates from American and European institutions? If so, how relevant is the quality of the training received (i.e. ranking of institution and supervisor) and the research environment in the subsequent job placement institution? The population under study consists of labor economics PhD graduates who received their degree in the years 2000 to 2005 in Europe or the USA. Research productivity is evaluated alternatively as the number of publications or the quality-adjusted number of publications of an individual. When restricting the analysis to the number of publications, results suggest a higher productivity by graduates from European universities than from USA universities, but this difference vanishes when accounting for the quality of the publication. The results also indicate that graduates placed at American institutions, in particular top ones, are likely to publish more quality-adjusted articles than their European counterparts. This may be because, when hired, they already have several good acceptances or because of more focused research efforts and clearer career incentives.

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  1. Performance of labour PhDs
    by Richard Tol in The Irish Economy on 2010-08-30 08:25:46
  2. Early Research Performance of PhD Graduates in Labour Economics (EU and US)
    by Liam Delaney in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-08-30 20:04:00
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  1. Hamermesh, Daniel S. & Pfann, Gerard A., 2009. "Markets for Reputation: Evidence on Quality and Quantity in Academe," IZA Discussion Papers 4610, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2011. "Evidenzbasierte Politikberatung," IZA Standpunkte 38, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Ketzler, Rolf & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2012. "A Citation-Analysis of Economic Research Institutes," IZA Discussion Papers 6780, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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