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Who is the ”Platz-Hirsch“ of the German Economics Profession?: A Citation Analysis

Heinrich Ursprung () and Markus Zimmer ()

Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), 2007, vol. 227, issue 2, 187-208

Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the informational content of citation-based research evaluations. To illustrate our analysis we refer to the 2005 Handelsblatt ranking of German academic economists. We make extensive use of the recently developed Hirsch-index and relate citation incidence to publication success, career age, and the topicality of the individual researchers’ field of specialization. We arrive at the conclusion that citation-based indicators provide a very incomplete picture of research performance. To obtain acceptable bibliometric research evaluations, citation based indicators need to be complemented with indicators that measure publication success more directly.

Keywords: Research productivity; performance evaluation; rankings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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