Authors: E. Rau 1 and T. Hummel 2
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  • 1 Freie Universität Berlin Fachbereich Erziehungs- und Unterrichtswissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie der Erziehung Habelschwerdter Allee 45 D-1000 Berlin 33 (FRG) Habelschwerdter Allee 45 D-1000 Berlin 33 (FRG)
  • | 2 Freie Universität Berlin Zentralinstitut für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Forschungsprojekt “Ökonomische Theorie der Hochschule” Boltzmannstraße 20 D-1000 Berlin 33 (FRG) Boltzmannstraße 20 D-1000 Berlin 33 (FRG)
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Abstract  

The first part of the paper gives a brief account of studies on research productivity in economics departments in the Federal Republic of Germany which were published mainly in the second half of the 1980s. In the second part the results of a recent study on rankings of economics departments at universities in the FRG are presented. The paper claims that ranking studies should include a large variety of performance indicators (quantitative and qualitative) and should always take into account the content and context of research productivity.