nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2023‒01‒02
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Getting off to a flying start? The effects of an early-career international mobility grant on scientific performance By Marielle Non; Jeroen van Honk; Vince van Houten; Inge van der Weijden; Thed van Leeuwen

  1. By: Marielle Non (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis); Jeroen van Honk (CWTS); Vince van Houten; Inge van der Weijden (CWTS); Thed van Leeuwen (CWTS)
    Abstract: Researchers who receive the Rubicon grant perform the same as comparable non-awarded applicants on a number of academic outcomes, such as the number of scientific publications and the citation score. The grant is aimed at starting researchers and finances a stay of maximum two years at a research institute outside the Netherlands. This allows them to acquire new contacts and ideas, which might increase their academic performance. However, our recent research finds no evidence for this. The research uses data from the Dutch Research Council NWO on applicants for the Rubicon grant. Because NWO has limited budgets, only the most promising applicants can be granted. This allows us to compare applicants who just were awarded with applicants who were just not awarded. We study the probability that the researcher stops publishing, the number of publications, the citation score and the number of co-authors in the five years following the grant application. We find no significant differences between awarded and non-awarded applicants.
    JEL: J4 D8
    Date: 2022–12

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