Authors: Frances Ruane and Richard Tol
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  • 1 Economic and Social Research Institute Dublin Ireland
  • | 2 Trinity College Department of Economics Dublin Ireland
  • | 3 Vrije Universiteit Institute for Environmental Studies Amsterdam The Netherlands
  • | 4 Vrije Universiteit Department of Spatial Economics Amsterdam The Netherlands
  • | 5 Carnegie Mellon University Department of Engineering and Public Policy Pittsburgh PA USA
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There is a growing literature measuring research excellence in economics. The h-index is noteworthy in combining quantity and research quality in a single measure of researcher excellence, and its ability to be extended to measure the quantity and quality of the researchers in a department. We extend the use of the first successive h-index further to measure the quality of graduate education, specifically excellence in research supervision, based on publication and citation data for individual researchers ascribed to their graduate supervisors.