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Calidad de las universidades: un índice sintético


  • Mikel Buesa Blanco

    (Instituto de Análisis Industrial y Financiero (IAIF) de la UCM)

  • Joost Heijs

    (Instituto de Análisis Industrial y Financiero (IAIF) de la UCM)

  • Omar Kahwash Barba

    (Instituto de Análisis Industrial y Financiero (IAIF) de la UCM)


In this article we construct a ranking of the quality of Spanish Public Universities. Therefore we have developed a methodology that avoids subjective decisions, for example, the ad hoc assignment –some times deliberately– of the weight of each sub-index to calculate the general index that allows fine tuning for certain desired results. In this study a quality index for education and one for research of universities was created. Initially more than 100 variables were gathered. A Factor Analysis was applied to synthesise these variables in a few hypothetical non-observable indicators (factors). Each of them was used as a sub index. The quality index of education consists of 5 sub-indexes (based 18 variables). Also the quality index of the research activities consists of 5 sub-indexes, although in this case based on 14 variables. The global ranking of the quality of universities reflects the simple it is average of both indexes.

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  • Mikel Buesa Blanco & Joost Heijs & Omar Kahwash Barba, 2009. "Calidad de las universidades: un índice sintético," EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía, Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza / Basque Government, vol. 70(01), pages 206-239.
  • Handle: RePEc:ekz:ekonoz:2009114

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    1. Soete, Luc & Verspagen, Bart & ter Weel, Bas, 2010. "Systems of Innovation," Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Elsevier.
    2. Todtling, Franz & Trippl, Michaela, 2005. "One size fits all?: Towards a differentiated regional innovation policy approach," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(8), pages 1203-1219, October.
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    university quality; educative descentralization; research quality;

    JEL classification:

    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions


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