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Academic Rankings and Research Governance

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  • Margit Osterloh
  • Bruno S. Frey

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Academic rankings today are the backbone of research governance, which seem to fit the aims of "new public management" on the one side and the idea of the "republic of science" on the other side. Nevertheless rankings recently came under scrutiny. We discuss advantages and disadvantages of academic rankings, in particular their unintended negative consequences on the research process. To counterbalance these negative consequences we suggest (a) rigorous selection and socialization, and (b) downplaying the impact of rankings in order to reconcile academic self-governance with accountability to the public.

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  • Margit Osterloh & Bruno S. Frey, 2010. "Academic Rankings and Research Governance," CREMA Working Paper Series 2010-04, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
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    Keywords

    peer reviews; rankings; research governance; psychological economics; new public management; economics of science; control theory;

    JEL classification:

    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • L38 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Policy

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