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The impact of public research contracts on scientific productivity

César Alonso-Borrego, Antonio Romero-Medina and Rocío Sánchez Mangas
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Antonio Romero Medina and Rocío Sánchez-Mangas

UC3M Working papers. Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía

Abstract: We analyze a competitive research-oriented public program established in Spain, the Ramon yCajal Program, intended to offer contracts in public research centers to high-quality researchers.We study the effects of the Program on the ex-post scientific productivity of its recipients, relativeto unsuccessful applicants with comparable curricula at the time of application. The full sampleresults demonstrate that the Program has a positive and significant effect on the scientific impactof the recipients, as measured by the average and the maximum impact factors, but the effect onthe number of published papers is not significant. Consequently, receiving a contract does notsignificantly affect the quantity, but increases the quality, of the contract recipients' publications.This result is primarily driven by the particular relevance of experimental sciences in the Program.

Keywords: Ramon; y; Cajal; Program; Brain; Gain; Research; Productivity; Government; Research; Programs; Human; Capital; Policy; Evaluation; Matching (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D78 I23 O31 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff, nep-hrm, nep-knm and nep-sog
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