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  • 1 University of Rome “Tor Vergata” Laboratory for Studies of Research and Technology Transfer, School of Engineering, Department of Management Rome Italy
  • 2 Italian National Research Council Rome Italy
  • 3 Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Impresa Via del Politecnico 1 00133 Rome Italy
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This paper presents a methodology for measuring the technical efficiency of research activities. It is based on the application of data envelopment analysis to bibliometric data on the Italian university system. For that purpose, different input values (research personnel by level and extra funding) and output values (quantity, quality and level of contribution to actual scientific publications) are considered. Our study aims at overcoming some of the limitations connected to the methodologies that have so far been proposed in the literature, in particular by surveying the scientific production of universities by authors’ name.