nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2010‒08‒06
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Research evaluation and journal quality weights: Much ado about nothing? By Matthias Krapf
  3. "A Comparison of the Organization of Higher Education Systems in France and the USA" By Alain Alcouffe; Jeffrey B. Miller

  1. By: Matthias Krapf (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)
    Abstract: Research evaluations based on quality weighted publication output are often criticized on account of the employed journal quality weights. This study shows that evaluations of entire research organizations are very robust with respect to the choice of readily available weighting schemes. We document this robustness by applying rather different weighting schemes to otherwise identical rankings. Our unit of analysis consists of German, Austrian and Swiss university departments in business administration and economics.
    Keywords: Research evaluation, university management
    JEL: I20
    Date: 2010–07–20
  2. By: David F Hendry (Economics Department, University of Oxford)
    Date: 2010
  3. By: Alain Alcouffe (Department of Economics, University of Toulouse); Jeffrey B. Miller (Department of Economics, University of Delaware)
    Abstract: Countries have many different ways of organizing higher education. Because of the high costs of higher education, reform efforts, of which the Bologna Process in Europe is an example, are underway in many places. Even where explicit governmental reform processes are less important, economic pressures are bringing about changes. This paper compares the higher education systems in the USA and France. They have been chosen for our study because the problems of high achievement, reasonable economic costs and accessibility are shared values, but their systems are organized very differently.
    Keywords: Organization of Higher Education Systems, Economics of Higher Education, Goals of National Systems of Higher Education, Autonomy of Universities, Enrollment in Higher Education, Higher Education in France, Higher Education in the US
    JEL: I21 I22 I23
    Date: 2010

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