On the Robustness of Alternative Rankings Methodologies for Australian and New Zealand Economics Departments

28 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2009

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Joseph Macri

Macquarie University - Department of Economics; Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School

Michael McAleer

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Economics, Econometric Institute; Tinbergen Institute; University of Tokyo - Centre for International Research on the Japanese Economy (CIRJE), Faculty of Economics

Dipendra Sinha

Macquarie University, Australia; Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Date Written: September 4, 2009

Abstract

Just as friendly arguments based on an ignorance of facts eventually led to the creation of the definitive Guinness Book of World Records, any argument about university rankings has seemingly been a problem without a solution. To state the obvious, alternative rankings methodologies can and do lead to different rankings. This paper evaluates the robustness of rankings of Australian and New Zealand economics teaching departments for 1988-2002 and 1996-2002 using alternative rankings methodologies, and compares the results with the rankings obtained by Macri and Sinha (2006). In the overall mean rankings for both 1988-2006 and 1996-2002, the University of Melbourne is ranked first, followed by UWA and ANU.

Keywords: university rankings, citations, economics departments, journal rankings, alternative methodologies

JEL Classification: A14, O11

Suggested Citation

Macri, Joseph and McAleer, Michael and Sinha, Dipendra, On the Robustness of Alternative Rankings Methodologies for Australian and New Zealand Economics Departments (September 4, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1468551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1468551

Joseph Macri

Macquarie University - Department of Economics ( email )

Sydney NSW 2109
Australia
61-2-9850-9469 (Phone)
61-2-9850-8586 (Fax)

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

Michael McAleer (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Economics, Econometric Institute ( email )

Rotterdam
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute

Rotterdam
Netherlands

University of Tokyo - Centre for International Research on the Japanese Economy (CIRJE), Faculty of Economics

Tokyo
Japan

Dipendra Sinha

Macquarie University, Australia ( email )

Department of Economics
Sydney NSW 2109
Australia
61-2-9850-9948 (Phone)
61-2-9850-8586 (Fax)

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan ( email )

Beppu
Oita
Japan
81-977-78-1214 (Phone)
81-977-78-1123 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.apu.ac.jp/~dsinha

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