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A Hirsch Measure for the Quality of Research Supervision, and an Illustration with Trade Economists


  • Frances Ruane

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Richard S.J. Tol

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))


There is a growing literature measuring research excellence in economics. The h-index is noteworthy in combining quantity and research quality in a single measure of researcher excellence, and its ability to be extended to measure the quantity and quality of the researchers in a department. We extend the use of the first successive h-index further to measure the quality of graduate education, specifically excellence in research supervision, based on publication and citation data for individual researchers ascribed to their graduate supervisors.

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  • Frances Ruane & Richard S.J. Tol, 2008. "A Hirsch Measure for the Quality of Research Supervision, and an Illustration with Trade Economists," Papers WP224, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp224

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    1. Ana Rute Cardoso & Paulo Guimarães & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2010. "Comparing the early research performance of PhD graduates in labor economics in Europe and the USA," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 84(3), pages 621-637, September.
    2. Seiler, Christian & Wohlrabe, Klaus, 2012. "Ranking economists on the basis of many indicators: An alternative approach using RePEc data," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 6(3), pages 389-402.

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    h-index; international trade; PhD students;

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    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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