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Allocation of Research Resources and Publication Productivity in Japan: A Growth Accounting Approach

Shuhei Aoki and Megumi Kimura
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Megumi Kimura: Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University

Public Policy Review, 2017, vol. 13, issue 3, 287-304

Abstract: In Japan, as in many developed countries, governmental agencies focusing on science have implemented several reforms to the scientific research system, concentrating resources for research towards the top research universities. However, the growth of research papers has stagnated in Japan during the 2000s. To analyze the reason for this, this paper develops a framework that decomposes the causes for change in research output. The framework is based on a model of universities and uses techniques in growth accounting. We apply the framework to the data on the national universities in Japan during the late 2000s. We find that the change in the allocation of research funds between universities had only a small effect on research output, measured by the number of research papers. Negative effects on research output were mainly caused by the decrease in research time.

Keywords: growth accounting; publication productivity; research time; allocation of research funds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C43 D24 D61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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