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Ranking research records of economics departments in New Zealand: Comment


  • Paul Dalziel
  • Ross Cullen
  • Caroline Saunders


This comment argues that Ian King's (2002) ranking of research records in New Zealand economics departments is an example of A. N. Whitehead's (1953) 'misplaced concreteness'. Nearly 60 per cent of the total scores calculated by King are due to just five academic stars, all of whom published their high-scoring papers overseas before coming to New Zealand. The comment also argues that it would not be appropriate to use a method such as that adopted by King for guiding performance-based research funding.

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  • Paul Dalziel & Ross Cullen & Caroline Saunders, 2002. "Ranking research records of economics departments in New Zealand: Comment," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(1), pages 113-122.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:36:y:2002:i:1:p:113-122 DOI: 10.1080/00779950209544364

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    1. David L. Anderson & John Tressler, 2008. "Research Output in New Zealand Economics Department 2000-2006," Working Papers in Economics 08/05, University of Waikato.
    2. David L. Anderson & John Tresler, 2008. "An Analysis of New Zealand Economists' Research Output 2000-2006," Working Papers in Economics 08/20, University of Waikato, revised 31 Dec 2008.
    3. Joseph Macri & Dipendra Sinha, 2006. "Rankings Methodology for International Comparisons of Institutions and Individuals: an Application to Economics in Australia and New Zealand," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 20(1), pages 111-156, February.
    4. David Anderson & John Tressler, 2008. "Research output in New Zealand economics departments 2000-2006: A stock approach," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(2), pages 155-189.

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