nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2008‒05‒05
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Research Output in New Zealand Economics Department 2000-2006 By David L. Anderson; John Tressler
  2. Polarization of the Swedish Universtiy Sector: Structural Characteristics and Positioning By Daniel Ljungberg; Mattias Johansson; Maureen McKelvey

  1. By: David L. Anderson (Queen's University); John Tressler (University of Waikato)
    Abstract: This paper considers the research productivity of New Zealand based economics departments over the period 2000 to 2006. It examines journal based research output across departments and individuals using six output measures. We show that Otago and Canterbury performed consistently well over the period, with Otago generally the highest ranked department. The measures used place different emphasis on ‘quality’ versus ‘quantity’. Which measure is used has a significant influence on the rankings of Auckland, Victoria and Waikato. The controversy surrounding the inclusion of ‘visitors’ and the influence of research stars is considered. Rankings of the leading individual researchers are provided.
    Keywords: economics departments; university rankings; research output; economics research
    JEL: A19 C81 J24
    Date: 2008–04–23
  2. By: Daniel Ljungberg; Mattias Johansson; Maureen McKelvey
    Abstract: Universities have increasingly been facing a focus on competition for research resources, not the least for external funding. This paper studies structural characteristics of the Swedish university sector and these characteristics relation to the propensity of universities to attract external research funding. The findings show a clear polarization of the sector into ‘Larger research and teaching intensive’ universities, accessing the lion’s share of external research funding, and ‘Smaller education dependent’ higher education institutions. Following from this, the paper discusses specialization and division of labor among universities, in relation to the ability to gain critical mass and excellence in research.
    JEL: O32 I28
    Date: 2008

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