nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2008‒01‒12
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Publications: German Economic Research Institutes on Track By Rolf Ketzler; Klaus F. Zimmermann
  2. A Hirsch Measure for the Quality of Research Supervision, and an Illustration with Trade Economists By Frances Ruane; Richard S.J. Tol

  1. By: Rolf Ketzler (DIW Berlin); Klaus F. Zimmermann (DIW Berlin, IZA and University of Bonn)
    Abstract: The request for a strengthening of academic research at the German economic research institutes by the German Science Council more than a decade ago was founded on the crucial insight that sound policy advice - the traditional task of the institutes - can only be guaranteed in the long term if it is based on applied research carried out within the institutes themselves. Based on publications in academic journals, the central criterion of research evaluation, research output has improved remarkably in scope and quality and has involved an ever rising number of scholars within the institutes. It can be considered to be a substantial success of German reform policy, which should be internationally recognized. The present study demonstrates the implications of different methods of filtering and weighting research output to measure publication performance. The ranking of the institutes computed here on the basis of a wide range of alternative concepts provides fairly robust findings. The results are distorted, however, if they are based on a highly selective list of journals as was the case in previous literature.
    Keywords: economic research institutes, research evaluation, publication measurement
    JEL: A11 I L31
    Date: 2007–12
  2. By: Frances Ruane (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)); Richard S.J. Tol (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))
    Abstract: 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.
    Keywords: h-index, international trade, PhD students
    JEL: A10 Z00
    Date: 2008–01

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