Have You Read this? An Empirical Comparison of the British Ref Peer Review and the Italian Vqr Bibliometric Algorithm

31 Pages Posted: 21 May 2019 Last revised: 16 Apr 2023

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Daniele Checchi

Università degli Studi di Milano - Dipartimento di Economia Politica e Aziendale (DEPA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; IRVAPP

Alberto Ciolfi

ANVUR

Gianni De Fraja

University of Nottingham

Irene Mazzotta

ANVUR

Stefano Verzillo

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

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Abstract

This paper determines the ranking of the publications units of assessment which were submitted to the UK research evaluation carried out in 2014, the REF, which would have been obtained if their submission had been evaluated with the bibliometric algorithm used by the Italian evaluation agency, ANVUR, for its evaluation of the research of Italian universities. We find very high correlation between the two methods, especially in regard to the funding allocation, with a headline figure of 0.9997 for the funding attributed to the institutions.

Keywords: university funding, incentives, assessment of academic research, university ranking, publications, bibliometry

JEL Classification: I23, I28

Suggested Citation

Checchi, Daniele and Ciolfi, Alberto and De Fraja, Gianni and Mazzotta, Irene and Verzillo, Stefano, Have You Read this? An Empirical Comparison of the British Ref Peer Review and the Italian Vqr Bibliometric Algorithm. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12155, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3390142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3390142

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