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

No top fives, no worries?

John Gibson, 6 June 2014

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Economics is unusual among academic disciplines in the emphasis it places on publication in a narrow set of top journals:

Topics: Education
Tags: academics, journals, publications, research, top journals

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

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

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

The university as an internal labour market

Catherine M. Haeck, Frank Verboven, 17 June 2010

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During the past decade policymakers have spent considerable effort to reform European universities. Aghion et al. (2008) provide a critical review of recent higher education policies and an agenda for desirable reforms.

Topics: Education, Labour markets
Tags: education, higher education, research, teaching

Why it matters who leads research universities

Amanda Goodall, 2 January 2010

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It is well known that the top European research universities underperform compared to their American counterparts. The evidence is summarised with policy recommendations by van der Ploeg and Veugelers (2008a,b).

Topics: Education
Tags: leadership, research, Universities

Is Europe lagging behind the US in university technology licensing?

Annamaria Conti , Patrick Gaulé, 30 July 2009

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In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, it is widely believed that the quality of university-industry linkages is important for growth.

Topics: Education, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: research, technology, Universities

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