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Rules versus Discretion in Committee Decision Making: An Application to the 2001 RAE for UK Economics Departments


Cherif Guermat


Bristol Business School

Richard D. F. Harris


University of Exeter - Business School; University of Exeter

Nigar Hashimzade


University of Exeter Business School

June 2004



Abstract:     
The question of rules versus discretion has generated a great deal of debate in many areas of the social sciences. Recently, much of the discussion among academics and stakeholders about the assessment of research in UK higher education institutions has focused on the means that should be used to determine research quality. We present a model of committee decision-making when both rules and discretion are available. Some of the predictions of the model are tested empirically using the UK RAE 2001 results.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Rules, Discretion, Research Assessment Exercise, Probit

JEL Classification: C25, D71, D78, D81


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Date posted: May 29, 2004  

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Guermat, Cherif and Harris, Richard D. F. and Hashimzade, Nigar, Rules versus Discretion in Committee Decision Making: An Application to the 2001 RAE for UK Economics Departments (June 2004). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=553141 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.553141

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Cherif Guermat (Contact Author)
Bristol Business School ( email )
Frenchay Campus
Bristol, BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
Richard D. F. Harris
University of Exeter - Business School ( email )
Streatham Court
Xfi Building, Rennes Dr.
Exeter, EX4 4JH
United Kingdom
University of Exeter ( email )
Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom
Nigar Hashimzade
University of Exeter Business School ( email )
Streatham Court
Xfi Building, Rennes Dr.
Exeter, EX4 4JH
United Kingdom
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