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This article was originally published as: Rodgers, JR & Neri, FV, Research productivity of Australian academic economists: human-capital and fixed effects, Australian Economic Papers, 2007, 46(1), 67-87. Australian Economic Papers is published by Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing.


This study investigates why some economics departments in Australian universities are more research productive than others. The hypothesis is simple: research productivity depends upon the human capital of department members and the department-specific conditions under which they work. A Tobit model is used to estimate the magnitude of the two effects. Both are found to be important. Our results help explain why a small number of departments consistently outperform the others in studies that rank Australian economics departments according to research output.



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