Moving Out of Academic Research: Why Scientists Stop Doing Research?

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Aldo Geuna

University of Turin - Department of Economics S. Cognetti de Martiis

Sotaro Shibayama

Lund University - Department of Business Administration; University of Tokyo

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Date Written: January 17, 2015

Abstract

This study examines the determinants of exit from academic research which occurs when academic researchers move into positions in academe which concentrate on non-research activities such as teaching or administration, or when researchers leave academia and move into industry. Drawing on career data for 13,500 Japanese PhD graduates in hard sciences (all scientific fields except social sciences and humanities), we develop a set of econometric models to test the determinants of exit from a career in academic research. We find that academics’ scientific productivity and academic network are negatively correlated with abandoning a university research career, and that female academics, and researchers in less-prestigious universities, tend to exit academic research more easily. Individual and institutional network effects play a role mainly for senior researchers. The results indicate also that the determinants of exit are contingent on scientific field and career stage.

Keywords: Researcher mobility, academic career, academic labor market, exit

JEL Classification: O31, I23, J24

Suggested Citation

Geuna, Aldo and Shibayama, Sotaro, Moving Out of Academic Research: Why Scientists Stop Doing Research? (January 17, 2015). SWPS 2015-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2743162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2743162

Aldo Geuna (Contact Author)

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