We thank Niclas Berggren, Anders Björklund, David Colander, Robin Douhan, Bruno Frey, Randall Holcombe, Henrik Jordahl, Dan Klein, Assar Lindbeck, Kevin O'Rourke, Andrew Oswald, Donald Siegel, Roy Thurik, Heinrich Ursprung, Hans-Joachim Voth, three anonymous referees and seminar participants at Stockholm University, Örebro University and the Stockholm School of Economics for useful comments and suggestions on earlier versions of this paper. Skilful research assistance was provided by Martin Olsson and Johan Egebark. Financial support from the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Research Foundation and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.
HOW SHOULD RESEARCH PERFORMANCE BE MEASURED? A STUDY OF SWEDISH ECONOMISTS*
Version of Record online: 6 APR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. The Manchester School © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester
The Manchester School
Volume 79, Issue 6, pages 1139–1156, December 2011
How to Cite
HENREKSON, M. and WALDENSTRÖM, D. (2011), HOW SHOULD RESEARCH PERFORMANCE BE MEASURED? A STUDY OF SWEDISH ECONOMISTS. The Manchester School, 79: 1139–1156. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9957.2010.02216.x
Manuscript received 29.12.08; final version received 19.03.10.
- Issue online: 18 OCT 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 APR 2011
Billions are allocated annually to university research. The increased specialization and international integration of research and researchers has animated the need for comparisons of performance across fields, institutions and individual researchers. However, there is still no consensus regarding how such rankings should be conducted and what output measures to use. We rank all full professors in a particular discipline (economics) in one country using seven established measures of research performance. We show both that the rank order varies greatly across measures and that the distribution of total research output is valued very differently depending on the measure used.