“Efficiency as a Measure of Knowledge Production of Research Universities
This conference paper presented at the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy, 2013
This paper addresses the gap in science policy in the area of measures of productivity of institutions of higher education by introducing and describing efficiency as a measure of knowledge production of research universities. We demonstrate the application of non-parametric efficiency estimations in a set of case studies of academic institutions and academic departments. The statistical results exhibit clear evidence of the differences in research productivity at the institutional level, and for different academic fields at the departmental level. Results demonstrate the utility of efficiency as a measure of knowledge production of research universities and have implications for science policy in the area of institutional metrics.