US and them: The geography of academic research

Jishnu Das, Quy-Toan Do, 11 February 2014

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The world has globalised massively, but Bardhan (2003) and many others worry that academic publication has not. He asserts that researchers working on countries other than the US do not get a fair deal in the top economic journals.

Topics: Development, Frontiers of economic research
Tags: journals, publications, research

Our uneconomic methods of measuring economic research

Stan Liebowitz, 6 December 2013

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In the movie Moneyball, a nerdy Ivy League economics major, working for a general manager played by Brad Pitt, found undervalued baseball players by applying clear-headed logic and statistical techniques.1 Many economists watching this movie probably felt a tinge of pride in seeing our tools portrayed as rigorously objective.

Topics: Education
Tags: academia, citations, journals, productivity, publication, research

Challenging times in academia

John Hudson, 11 November 2013

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The world of academia has changed over the last forty years. In those far-off days university lecturers might write a paper every few years, and this served to sustain their position and reputation. Now, every eight years or so, academics and universities in the UK are subject to an evaluation of their work. This is just one of a number of similar exercises across the world (Abramo et al.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: economic research, journals, publications, REF

Journal quality and citations: Why economists should practice what they preach

Daniel Sgroi, 11 November 2013

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The UK is about to enter into one of the most important academic ranking exercises in its history. The Research Excellence Framework (or REF), starting in 2014, will determine how money is divided between departments and how the UK perceives the quality of its own universities and departments.

Topics: Education
Tags: academia, Bayes’ rule, higher education, journals, rankings, uncertainty

Nine facts about top journals in economics

David Card, Stefano DellaVigna, 21 January 2013

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Publications in the top journals have a powerful influence on the direction of research in economics, on the career paths of young researchers (Conley et al. 2011), and on the pay of academic economists. To what extent has the publication process in these journals changed over the past few decades? Remarkably little comprehensive evidence exists on the topic.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: journals, publications, research

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