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The resistible decline of European science

Bauwens, Luc, Mion, Giordano and Thisse, Jacques-François (2011) The resistible decline of European science. Recherches Économiques de Louvain, 77 (4). pp. 5-31. ISSN 0770-4518

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Abstract

Using a new data set that allows us to analyze precisely the research output in all fields of science, we show that the gap in scientific performance between Europe, especially continental Europe, and Anglo-Saxon countries, especially the USA, is large. We measure research quality by the number of highly cited researchers in nineteen selected scientific fields. After controlling for different variables, such as par capita GDP and outlays in R&D, the differences in productivity between Anglo-Saxon countries and other countries are explained, not surprisingly, by the importance of English proficiency, but also by the quality of institutions and of governance of the countries in the studied sample, the latter being in all likelihood highly correlated with the governance quality of research institutions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.uclouvain.be/en-285800.html
Additional Information: © 2011 De Boeck Université
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C2 - Econometric Methods: Single Equation Models; Single Variables > C25 - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 16:29
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42681/

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