Title: On research efficiency: A micro-analysis of Dutch university research in economics and business management
Authors: Cherchye, Laurens ×
Vanden Abeele, Pierre #
Issue Date: 2005
Series Title: Research Policy vol:34 issue:4 (May) pages:495-516
Abstract: We argue that efficiency assessments of academic research should focus on micro-units of research production rather than on conventionally employed (aggregated) macro-units, and show that such a detailed analysis of research performance provides interesting insights. In addition, we propose a non-parametric methodology that is specially tailored for analyzing the productive efficiency of research: it starts from a specification of the managerial objectives of research activities while imposing minimal structure on the (typically unknown) production technology. We illustrate our points by assessing the productive efficiency of research in Economics and Business Management Faculties of Dutch universities. Next to measuring productive efficiency, we look for specific patterns in efficiency distributions over universities, years and areas of specialization. In addition, we investigate the impact of external funding and the size of research programs on academic research efficiency. We argue that our analysis has some interesting policy implications. Most notably, our results show that a micro-analysis of research efficiency may yield a more effective allocation of the limited financial resources that are available
ISSN: 0048-7333
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics, Leuven - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Marketing and Consumer Science, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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