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Valadkhani, A. & Ville, S. (2008). What determines the research output of Australian universities?. In A. Gupta (Eds.), 2008 Oxford Business and Economics Conference (pp. 1-18). Oxford: Association for Business and Economics Research.


This paper develops and estimates a cross-sectional model for forecasting research output across the Australian university system. It builds upon an existing literature that focuses either on institutional comparisons or studies of specific subjects, by providing discipline-specific results across all of the ten major disciplinary areas as defined by Australias Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). The model draws upon four discipline-specific explanatory variables; staff size, research expenditure, PhD completions, and student-staff ratios to predict output of refereed articles. When compared with actual averaged output for 2000-2004, the results are highly statistically significant.

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Oxford Business and Economics Conference