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How To Count Citations If You Must

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  • Perry, Motty

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

  • Reny, Philip J.

    (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

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Citation indices are regularly used to inform critical decisions about promotion, tenure, and the allocation of billions of research dollars. Nevertheless, most indices (e.g., the h-index) are motivated by intuition and rules of thumb, resulting in undesirable conclusions. In contrast, five natural properties lead us to a unique new index, the Euclidean index, that avoids several shortcomings of the h-index and its successors.The Euclidean index is simply the Euclidean length of an individual’s citation list. Two empirical tests suggest that the Euclidean index outperforms the h-index in practice.

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  • Perry, Motty & Reny, Philip J., 2015. "How To Count Citations If You Must," CRETA Online Discussion Paper Series 08, Centre for Research in Economic Theory and its Applications CRETA.
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    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation

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