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Ranking Australian Economics Departments by Research Productivity

  • FRANK NERI
  • JOAN R. RODGERS

This study ranks Australian economics departments according to their average research productivity during 1998-2002. The highest ranked departments are those at ANU, JCU, Melbourne, Tasmania and UWA. We also rank departments according to the variability of research productivity among their members, the assumption being that, other things being equal, the less variable is productivity within a department, the better. Research productivity is found to be highly skewed within all departments. However, in general, research productivity is more (less) evenly distributed within those departments that have relatively high (low) average research productivity. Copyright © 2006 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Volume (Year): 82 (2006)
Issue (Month): s1 (09)
Pages: S74-S84

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