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Determinants of research production at top US Universities

Quentin Max David

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Abstract: In this article, I analyze the determinants of research production by higher education institutions in the US. I use four measures to build an index of top-level academic research production. I show that it is important to account for the presence of outliers in both dimensions (X and Y axes) and that most top-ranked institutions can be considered outliers. I find that university income, the share of income devoted to research expenses, and faculty size significantly increase the ability of an institution to produce toplevel academic research. I also show that the relationship between average professor quality (proxied by salary) and the production of research is U-shaped, with a significant share of institutions located on the decreasing part of the curve.

Keywords: Academic research; Research production; Universities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-01
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Published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (2014) v.14 n° 1,p.81-109

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