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The effect of holding a research chair on scientists’ productivity

Seyed Reza Mirnezami and Catherine Beaudry

Article (2016)

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Cite this document: Mirnezami, S. R. & Beaudry, C. (2016). The effect of holding a research chair on scientists’ productivity. Scientometrics, 107(2), p. 399-454. doi:10.1007/s11192-016-1848-y
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Having combined data on Quebec scientists’ funding and journal publication, this paper tests the effect of holding a research chair on a scientist’s performance. The novelty of this paper is to use a matching technique to understand whether holding a research chair contributes to a better scientific performance. This method compares two different sets of regressions which are conducted on different data sets: one with all observations and another with only the observations of the matched scientists. Two chair and non-chair scientists are deemed matched with each other when they have the closest propensity score in terms of gender, research field, and amount of funding. The results show that holding a research chair is a significant scientific productivity determinant in the complete data set. However, when only matched scientists are kept in data set, holding a Canada research chair has a significant positive effect on scientific performance but other types of chairs do not have a significant effect. In the other words, in the case of two similar scientists in terms of gender, research funding, and research field, only holding a Canada research chair significantly affects scientific performance.

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Scientist publication, Research funding, Matching techniques, Research chair

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
Department: Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: CRC
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 11:52
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:43
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2318/
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Journal Title: Scientometrics (vol. 107, no. 2)
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-1848-y


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