(How) Do Research and Administrative Duties Affect University Professors’ Teaching?
21 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 22, 2012
We analyze the interaction between university professors’ teaching quality and their research and administrative activities. Our sample is a high-quality individual panel data set from a medium size public Spanish university. Although, researchers teach roughly 20% more than non-researchers, their teaching quality is also 20% higher. Over much of the relevant range, we find a nonlinear and positive effect of research output and teaching quantity on teaching quality. Instructors with no research are 5 times more likely than the rest to be among the worst teachers and up to two-thirds of the professors could improve their teaching by increasing research.
Keywords: teaching vs research, quality of university teaching, quality of university research, panel data, non-linear effects
JEL Classification: A20, H40, I21
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