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Certainty equivalent citation: a generalized class of citation indexes

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  • Abatemarco, Antonio
  • Dell'Anno, Roberto

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Citation indexes have attracted the interest of many researchers in the recent years. In this paper we propose a new class of citation indexes which is shown to generalize most of the citation indexes in the existing literature (h-, g-, f-, t-index). The class of indexes is obtained borrowing from the notion of ``certainty equivalent income'' or ``equally distributed equivalent income'' which has been largely implemented in the field of risk and inequality measurement. As a result citation orderings are shown to depend on a parameter of concentration/dispersion aversion capturing the value judgments of the decision-maker with respect to the distribution of citations. In order to verify the sensitivity of scientific productivity orderings with respect to concentration/dispersion aversion, an empirical application to a representative sample of Italian academic economists is presented.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 36367.

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Date of creation: 28 Jul 2011
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Keywords: citation index; h-index; research assessment; scientific impact measures;

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  1. Bruno, Bruno, 2010. "Economics of co-authorship," MPRA Paper 27730, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Albarrán, Pedro & Ortuño, Ignacio & Ruiz-Castillo, Javier, 2011. "The measurement of low- and high-impact in citation distributions: Technical results," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 5(1), pages 48-63.
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  1. Abatemarco, Antonio & Dell'Anno, Roberto, 2012. "The Italian Reform of the academic recruitment system: an appraisal of ANVUR and CUN benchmarks for assessing candidates and commissioners," MPRA Paper 38872, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Yungron Li & Javier Ruiz-Castillo, 2013. "The impact of extreme observations in citation distributions," Economics Working Papers we1308, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía.

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