Determinants of prosocial behaviour: Lessons from an experiment with referees at the Journal of Public Economics

Raj Chetty, Emmanuel Saez, László Sándor, 11 August 2014

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Many organisations rely on prosocial behaviours – choices that benefit others but have a personal cost – to achieve their objectives. For instance, foundations rely on charitable contributions for funding, governments partly rely on voluntary compliance for tax revenue, and employers rely on voluntary referrals for hiring.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: academia, Behavioural economics, incentives, intrinsic motivation, journals, peer review, research, social pressure

Assessing Italian research quality: A comparison between bibliometric evaluation and informed peer review

Graziella Bertocchi, Alfonso Gambardella, Tullio Jappelli, Carmela A. Nappi, Franco Peracchi, 28 July 2014

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Measuring research quality is a topic of growing interest to universities and research institutions. It has become a central issue in relation to the efficient allocation of public resources, which – in many countries and especially in Europe – represent the main component of university funding.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: academia, bibliometrics, citations, peer review, research, research assessments, research quality, science, Universities

Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened

Wendy Carlin interviewed by Viv Davies, 20 May 2014

Wendy Carlin talks to Viv Davies about the 'Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics' (CORE) project, which was established by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at Oxford and proposes a new approach to economics teaching for undergraduates. The aim is to update the existing economics curriculum so that it reflects recent developments in economics, the economy and in teaching methods. They discuss the 'three gaps' in economics teaching that the project seeks to close. The interview was recorded in April 2014 at the annual conference of the Royal Economic Society.

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Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: academia, economics education, financial crisis, global crisis, teaching, undergraduates

The mainstream economics curriculum needs an overhaul

Diane Coyle, 4 May 2014

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One of the delayed consequences of the financial crisis is a widespread and apparently growing desire to change how economics is taught. Students in a number of countries, including vocal groups in Chile and the UK, have recently intensified the demand for reform.

Topics: Education, Global crisis
Tags: academia, economics education, education, financial crisis, global crisis, teaching, undergraduates

Do we need highly cited departmental chairs?

Amanda Goodall, John McDowell, Larry Singell, 31 January 2014

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The advancement of scientific knowledge is the primary responsibility of approximately 300,000 academic departments housed in more than 20,000 universities worldwide, yet little is known about the factors that determine the productivity of those departments. chairs – or ‘Heads of Department’ – play a central role in the academic departments that make up universities.

Topics: Education
Tags: academia, higher education, Management, Universities

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

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

Herding cats? Management and university performance

John McCormack, Carol Propper, Sarah Smith, 7 November 2013

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The common view holds that managing academics is like herding cats – difficult and ultimately pointless. But this view of management contrasts with growing evidence that good management practices are like a good technology – they increase productivity (Bloom and Van Reenen 2010).

Topics: Education, Labour markets
Tags: academia, higher education, human resources, Management, Universities

Ageing and productivity: Economists and others

Daniel S. Hamermesh, 20 February 2013

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Sixty years ago, Harvey Lehman published a path-breaking book examining the lifecycle of productivity in various fields, scientific, humanistic and artistic (Lehman 1953). He demonstrated the now widely accepted conclusion that the contributions of mathematicians and people in mathematics-related disciplines peak very early in their careers.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: academia, age, economists, Nobel, research, technology

Are leading papers in an issue of a journal of better “quality”?

Victor Ginsburgh, 25 May 2012

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There exists a lively debate among scientists about evaluation methods. Some prefer peer review-based research assessments, while others think that bibliometric citation-based methods should be used as a verifiable mechanism for promotion and distribution of public research funds. Like peer reviews, but for other reasons, citations suffer from several problems.

Topics: Education, Frontiers of economic research
Tags: academia, academic papers, evaluation, quality control

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