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Academic Quality, Power And Stability: An Application To Economics In The Republic Ireland

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  • Frances P. Ruane
  • Richard S.J. Tol

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    (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland)

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Measures of the academic quality of individual researchers tend to ignore the context. Here we introduce contextualised measures of individual quality: cardinal and ordinal pseudo-Shapley values. The cardinal values do not add much new information if departments are roughly the same size, but the ordinal values do. Ordinal Shapley-values can be interpreted as measures of the market power of an individual, her power over the rank of her current employer, and her ability to affect rankings of all departments in a country. We use normalised Herfindahl-Hirschmann indices to assess the concentration of contributions to a department’s standing. This provides further information on the power of individuals over their departments, but also reveals the robustness of departmental rankings to job mobility.

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Paper provided by Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University in its series Working Papers with number FNU-148.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
Date of revision: Sep 2007
Handle: RePEc:sgc:wpaper:148

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  1. Pantelis Kalaitzidakis & Theofanis P Mamuneas & Thanasis Stengos, 2001. "Rankings of Academic Journals and Institutions in Economics," Discussion Papers in Economics 01/8, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
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  1. P. Michael Link & C. Ivie Ramos & Uwe A. Schneider & Erwin Schmid & J. Balkovic & R. Skalsky, 2008. "The interdependencies between food and biofuel production in European agriculture - an application of EUFASOM," Working Papers FNU-165, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Jul 2008.
  2. Dritan Osmani, . "A note on optimal transfer schemes, stable coalition for environmental protection and joint maximization assumption," Working Papers FNU-176, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University.
  3. Christine Schleupner & P. Michael Link, 2008. "Eiderstedt im Spannungsfeld zwischen Naturschutz- und Agrarpolitik - Entwicklung eines methodischen Ansatzes für ein nachhaltiges Ressourcenmanagement," Working Papers FNU-168, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Aug 2008.

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