How Should Research Performance be Measured? A Study of Swedish Economists
AbstractBillions of dollars 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 country using seven established, and some of them commonly used, meas-ures 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 output is valued very differently.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 712.
Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 15 Aug 2007
Date of revision: 08 Nov 2007
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.
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- Magnus Henrekson & Daniel Waldenström, 2011. "How Should Research Performance Be Measured? A Study Of Swedish Economists," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 79(6), pages 1139-1156, December.
- A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
- A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
- A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
- B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
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