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The Global University Rankings: the Problem of Manipulation


  • Balatsky, E.

    (Central Economics and Mathematics Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia)

  • Ekimova, N.

    (The State University of Management, Moscow, Russia)


The article reveals the role of the Goodhart's law in building the global university rankings. A review of the methods of manipulation and the errors emerging as a result of this was made; the shortcomings of different types of the rankings and mechanisms that generate the Goodhart's law were showed; the most strongly exposed to the distortion of the Goodhart's law rankings were detected. A strategy of the promotion of Russian universities in the top lists of the global university rankings was suggested.

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  • Balatsky, E. & Ekimova, N., 2012. "The Global University Rankings: the Problem of Manipulation," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 13(1), pages 126-146.
  • Handle: RePEc:nea:journl:y:2012:i:13:p:126-146

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    1. Alexandr Karminsky & Anatoly Peresetsky, 2009. "Ratings as Measure of Financial Risk: Evolution, Function and Usage," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, issue 1-2, pages 86-102.
    2. Balatsky, E. & Ekimova, N., 2011. "The Comparative Reliability of the Global University Rankings," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, issue 11, pages 127-140.
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    rankings of Universities; ranking criteria; education; economic policy; manipulation;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions


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