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How Should Research Performance be Measured? A Study of Swedish Economists
() and Daniel Waldenström
Abstract: Billions of dollars are allocated every year to university
research. Increased specialisation and international integration of
research and researchers has sharply raised the need for comparisons of
performance across fields, institutions and individual researchers.
However, there is still no consensus regarding how such rankings should be
conducted and what output measures are appropriate to use. We rank all full
professors in a particular discipline, economics, in one country using
seven established, and some of them commonly used, meas-ures of research
performance. Our examination shows both that the rank order can vary
greatly across measures, and that depending on the measure used the
distribution of total research output is valued very differently.
Keywords: Impact of Research; Ranking; Research Output; Research Productivity; Bibliometrics; Google Scholar; h-index; Impact Factor; SSCI; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A11; A13; A14; B41; (follow links to similar papers)
18 pages, August 15, 2007, Revised October 22, 2009
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Henrekson, Magnus and Daniel Waldenström, (2011), 'How Should Research Performance be Measured? A Study of Swedish Economists', The Manchester School, Vol. 79, December, No. 6, pages 1139-1156
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