nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2009‒01‒17
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. University ranking according to occupational outcome By Francesca De Battisti; Giovanna Nicolini; Silvia Salini
  2. Comparing the Early Research Performance of PhD Graduates in Labor Economics in Europe and the USA By Ana Rute Cardoso; Paulo Guimarães; Klaus F. Zimmermann
  3. An educated guess: gender pay gaps in academia By Marina Della Giusta; Alessandra Faggian

  1. By: Francesca De Battisti (Department of Economics, Business and Statistics - University of Milan); Giovanna Nicolini (Department of Economics, Business and Statistics - University of Milan); Silvia Salini (Department of Economics, Business and Statistics - University of Milan)
    Abstract: We suggest that the "occupational outcome" of graduates should be considered as an additional dimension in the ranking of Academic Institutions and their Faculties. We measure the occupational outcome through the ISTAT graduate employment national survey. We make an exercise on Humanities Faculties showing that we can consider one dimension as occupational outcome or we can split up the latter into two dimensions as "cultural capital" and "social class". We show how the ranking of Italian Universities, made by the Censis-La Repubblica, changes when accounting for this new dimension into the three instances we propose.
    Keywords: Education, Employment, Rating,
    Date: 2008–11–13
  2. By: Ana Rute Cardoso; Paulo Guimarães; Klaus F. Zimmermann
    Abstract: This paper analyzes the early research performance of PhD graduates in labor economics, addressing the following questions: Are there major productivity differences between graduates from American and European institutions? If so, how relevant is the quality of the training received (i.e. ranking of institution and supervisor) and the research environment in the subsequent job placement institution? The population under study consists of labor economics PhD graduates who received their degree in the years 2000 to 2005 in Europe or the USA. Research productivity is evaluated alternatively as the number of publications or the quality-adjusted number of publications of an individual. When restricting the analysis to the number of publications, results suggest a higher productivity by graduates from European universities than from USA universities, but this difference vanishes when accounting for the quality of the publication. The results also indicate that graduates placed at American institutions, in particular top ones, are likely to publish more quality-adjusted articles than their European counterparts. This may be because, when hired, they already have several good acceptances or because of more focused research efforts and clearer career incentives.
    Keywords: graduate programs, research productivity
    JEL: A23 J44 A11 A14 A10
    Date: 2008
  3. By: Marina Della Giusta (Department of Economics, University of Reading); Alessandra Faggian (University of Southampton)
    Date: 2008

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