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Network analysis to measure academic performance in economics

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  • José Alberto Molina

    (University of Zaragoza
    Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI)
    Institute for the Study of Labor-IZA)

  • Alfredo Ferrer

    (Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI)
    Kampal Data Solutions S.L.)

  • David Iñiguez

    (ARAID Foundation, Government of Aragón
    Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI)
    Kampal Data Solutions S.L.)

  • Alejandro Rivero

    (Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI)
    Kampal Data Solutions S.L.)

  • Gonzalo Ruiz

    (Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI)
    Kampal Data Solutions S.L.)

  • Alfonso Tarancón

    (University of Zaragoza
    Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI)
    Kampal Data Solutions S.L.)

Abstract

Network analysis allows us to introduce different metrics that complement the traditional indicators to measure academic performance, generally based on individual production. In this paper, we show how the use of these techniques provides a more global point of view, introducing indicators that, beyond individual merits, measure the capacity of researchers to generate more intangible assets. We focus on collaboration among groups that can enrich the potential of the research ecosystem as a whole. We present not only numerical indicators, but also several visualisation schemes to see how this approach can help in the academic evaluation and decision-making process of research managers. We have used, as a case study, the research ecosystem formed by more than five thousand economists from Spanish institutions.

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  • José Alberto Molina & Alfredo Ferrer & David Iñiguez & Alejandro Rivero & Gonzalo Ruiz & Alfonso Tarancón, 2020. "Network analysis to measure academic performance in economics," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 58(3), pages 995-1018, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:58:y:2020:i:3:d:10.1007_s00181-018-1546-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-018-1546-0
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    Academic performance; Co-authorship; Economists; Interaction maps; Complex networks;
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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • A30 - General Economics and Teaching - - Multisubject Collective Works - - - General
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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