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Evidence of Competition in Research Activity among Economic Department using Spatial Econometric Techniques

J.Paul Elhorst and Katarina Zigova

No 2011-04, Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz from Department of Economics, University of Konstanz

Abstract: Despite the prevalence of both competitive forces and patterns of collaboration within academic communities, studies on research productivity generally treat universities as independent entities. By exploring the research productivity of all academic economists employed at 81 universities and 17 economic research institutes in Austria, Germany, and German-speaking Switzerland, this study determines whether a research unit’s productivity depends on that of neighboring research units. The significant negative relationship that is found implies competition for priority of discovery among individual researchers, as well as the universities and research institutes that employ them. In addition, the empirical results support the hypotheses that collaboration and the existence of economies of scale increase research productivity.

Keywords: Research productivity; Competition; Collaboration; Negative spatial autocorrelation; Geo-referenced point data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D85 I23 J24 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2011-03-29
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-edu, nep-eff, nep-geo and nep-sog
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