Pierre Régibeau, Katharine Rockett, 13 October 2016

Systematic assessments of the research performance of academic institutions are increasingly common around the world. A key question for the design of such systems is whether and how bibliometrics should be incorporated. This column argues that bibliometrics can perform well at identifying quality in some fields, while providing cost-effective and transparent review. Peer review is found to be no guarantor of quality, though it may be essential in the evaluation of certain fields.

Luc Bauwens, Giordano Mion, Jacques-François Thisse, 20 December 2007

A new data set of highly cited researchers highlights Europe’s poor research performance. Empirical work suggests that the poor performance is not only due to low research budgets. Proficiency in English as well as the design and governance of academic institutions are likely to be more important.

Philippe Aghion, Mathias Dewatripont, Caroline Hoxby, Andreu Mas-Colell, André Sapir, 01 October 2007

With few exceptions, European universities do very poorly in international rankings. Recent empirical work suggests that spending and budgetary autonomy account for the poor performance of most European universities on the one hand, and the excellent performance of the few European stars on the other.

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