Working Paper No. 712

How Should Research Performance be Measured? A Study of Swedish Economists

Published: August 15, 2007, revised November 2007, February 2008, September 2008, October 2009, March 2010 and December 2010Pages: 21Keywords: Impact of Research; Ranking; Research Output; Research Productivity; Bibliometrics; Google Scholar; h-index; Impact Factor; SSCIJEL-codes: A11; A13; A14; B41

How Should Research Performance be Measured? A Study of Swedish Economists Magnus Henrekson and Daniel Waldenström


Billions of dollars are allocated every year to university research. Increased specialisation and international integration of research and researchers has sharply raised 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 are appropriate to use. We rank all full professors in a particular discipline, economics, in one country using seven established, and some of them commonly used, meas-ures of research performance. Our examination shows both that the rank order can vary greatly across measures, and that depending on the measure used the distribution of total research output is valued very differently.

 

 

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Daniel Waldenström

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