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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-51543

Frey, Bruno S; Osterloh, Margit (2011). Rankings Games. Working paper series / Department of Economics No. 39, University of Zurich.

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Abstract

Research rankings based on publications and citations today dominate governance of academia. Yet they have unintended side effects on individual scholars and academic institutions and can be counterproductive. They induce a substitution of the “taste for science” by a “taste for publication”. We suggest as alternatives careful selection and socialization of scholars, supplemented by periodic self-evaluations and awards. Neither should rankings be a basis for the distributions of funds within universities. Rather, qualified individual scholars should be supported by basic funds to be able to engage in new and unconventional research topics and methods.

Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
DDC:330 Economics
JEL Classification:A10, D02, H83, L23, M50
Language:English
Date:August 2011
Deposited On:25 Nov 2011 11:13
Last Modified:12 Sep 2012 16:57
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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