Evaluating Professor Value-Added: Evidence from Professor and Student Matching in Physics

Keio-IES DP2016-002

65 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2016

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Yuta Kikuchi

Hokkaido University - Graduate School of Economics & Business Administration

Ryo Nakajima

Keio University

Date Written: March 3, 2016

Abstract

This paper estimates a professor's value added to a postgraduate student's research achievement growth using unique panel data on matched advisor-advisee pairs in a world-leading physics graduate program. To address an identification problem related to the endogenous selection of advisors and advisees, we use professor turnover and estimate a semi-parametric lower bound of the variance in advisor quality affecting advisee research performance. We find that a one-standard-deviation increase in professor quality results in a 0.54 standard deviation increase in a doctoral student's research achievement growth, increasing the number of first-authored papers that are published in top journals by 0.64 at the doctoral level.

Keywords: knowledge creation, postgraduate education, faculty quality, research apprenticeship

JEL Classification: D83, I23, J24

Suggested Citation

Kikuchi, Yuta and Nakajima, Ryo, Evaluating Professor Value-Added: Evidence from Professor and Student Matching in Physics (March 3, 2016). Keio-IES DP2016-002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2741507

Yuta Kikuchi

Hokkaido University - Graduate School of Economics & Business Administration ( email )

Kita-ku Kita 9 Nishi 7
Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060
Japan

Ryo Nakajima (Contact Author)

Keio University ( email )

2-15-45 Mita
Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-8345
Japan

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