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Tenure. An Appraisal of a National Selection Process for Associate Professorship

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  • Daniele Checchi

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This paper presents a case study of the national academic competition for associate professorship which took place in Italy during the academic year 1997-98. The two-stage selection procedure led to the appointment of 44 associate professors of Economics (discipline code P01A – Economia Politica). A quantitative analysis will attempt to measure the relative contribution to the appointment probability made by the candidates’ academic credentials; in particular published articles are classified according to the prestige rank of the journals concerned. According to our results, publishing in foreign journals increased the probability of entering a short list of applicants selected for interview (first stage), while the probability of appointment (second stage) was also affected by the evaluation obtained during the interview and other criteria such as a vacancy in the candidate’s own university. All things being equal, candidates from southern universities were favoured, whereas outsider applicants (located in foreign universities or holding non-academic positions, like Central Bank Research Department, etc.) were penalised.

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  • Daniele Checchi, 1999. "Tenure. An Appraisal of a National Selection Process for Associate Professorship," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 58(2), pages 137-181, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v58_n2_p137-181
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    1. Combes, Pierre-Philippe & Linnemer, Laurent & Visser, Michael, 2008. "Publish or peer-rich? The role of skills and networks in hiring economics professors," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 423-441, June.
    2. Pezzoni, Michele & Sterzi, Valerio & Lissoni, Francesco, 2012. "Career progress in centralized academic systems: Social capital and institutions in France and Italy," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(4), pages 704-719.
    3. Ponzo, Michela & Scoppa, Vincenzo, 2011. "A simple model of favouritism in recruitment," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 78-88, June.
    4. Durante, Ruben & Labartino, Giovanna & Perotti, Roberto, 2011. "Academic Dynasties: Decentralization and Familism in the Italian Academia," CEPR Discussion Papers 8645, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    5. Bonaventura, Luigi, 2011. "The Role of Frictions on Academic Recruitment System," DEMQ Working Paper Series 2011/2, University of Catania, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
    6. Alberto Baccini, 2009. "Italian Economic Journals. A Network-based Ranking and an Exploratory Analysis of their Influence on Setting International Professional Standards," Rivista italiana degli economisti, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 491-512.
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    8. Maria De Paola & Vincenzo Scoppa, 2011. "Gender Discrimination and Evaluators’ Gender: Evidence from the Italian Academy," Working Papers 201106, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF.

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    Keywords

    education; university; academic competition; selection process;

    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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