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

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  • Henrekson, Magnus

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Waldenström, Daniel

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

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Billions of euros 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 European nation using seven established, and some of them commonly used, measures 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 out-put is valued very differently. The renowned KMS measure in economics stands out among the measures analysed here. It exhibits the weakest correlation with the others used in our study. We conclude by giving advice to funding councils and others assessing research quality on how to think about the use of both quantitative and qualitative measures of performance.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 693.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 04 Mar 2008
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Publication status: Published as Henrekson, Magnus and Daniel Waldenström, 'How Should Research Performance Be Measured? A Study of Swedish Economists' in The Manchester School, 2011, pages 1139-1156.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0693

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Keywords: Impact of research; Ranking; Research productivity; Bibliometrics; Impact Factor;

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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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  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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