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Assessing the effect of high performance computing capabilities on academic research output

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  • Amy Apon

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  • Linh Ngo

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  • Paul Wilson

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    This paper uses nonparametric methods and some new results on hypothesis testing with nonparametric efficiency estimators and applies these to analyze the effect of locally available high performance computing (HPC) resources on universities’ efficiency in producing research and other outputs. We find that locally available HPC resources enhance the technical efficiency of research output in Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Physics, and History, but not in Computer Science, Economics, nor English; we find mixed results for Biology. Our research results provide a critical first step in a quantitative economic model for investments in HPC. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2015)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 283-312

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:48:y:2015:i:1:p:283-312
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-014-0833-7
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