Top Research Productivity and its Persistence

31 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2006

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Stijn Kelchtermans

KU Leuven - Department of Management, Strategy & Innovation; KU Leuven

Reinhilde Veugelers

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Applied Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Abstract

The paper contributes to the debate on cumulative advantage effects in academic research by examining top performance in research and its persistence over time, using a panel dataset comprising the publications of biomedical and exact scientists at the KU Leuven in the period 1992-2001. We study the selection of researchers into productivity categories and analyze how they switch between these categories over time. About 25% achieves top performance at least once, while 5% is persistently top. Analyzing the hazard to first and subsequent top performance shows strong support for an accumulative process. Rank, gender, hierarchical position and past performance are highly significant explanatory factors.

Keywords: Economics of science, Research productivity, Hazard models

JEL Classification: J24, L31, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Kelchtermans, Stijn and Veugelers, Reinhilde, Top Research Productivity and its Persistence. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=876904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.876904

Stijn Kelchtermans (Contact Author)

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Reinhilde Veugelers

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

Leuven, B-3000
Belgium
+32 16 32 6908 (Phone)
+32 16 32 6732 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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