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Pluralism In Economics And The Evaluation Of Economic Research In Italy

Marcella Corsi (), Carlo D'Ippoliti () and Federico Lucidi

No 10-05, DULBEA Working Papers from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: We analyse Italy’s research evaluation exercise to discuss the issue of evaluating re-search in economics. We claim that evaluation and its criteria, together with its linkage to research institutions’ financing, are likely to affect the direction of research, in a problematic way. We claim that the ranking criteria adopted in Italy bring to a risk of disregarding histori-cal methods in favour of quantitative and econometric methods, and heterodox schools in favour of mainstream approaches. In order to preserve pluralism and originality of research, we propose a simple quantita-tive index based on field-normalisation.

Keywords: Research evaluation; Contemporary research in economics; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A11 A14 B20 B40 B50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 p.
Date: 2010-03-16
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