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The effect of holding a research chair on scientists' productivity

Seyed Reza Mirnezami, Catherine Beaudry

Article (2016)

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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

Subjects: 1600 Industrial engineering > 1600 Industrial engineering
Department: Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Funders: CRC
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2318/
Journal Title: Scientometrics (vol. 107, no. 2)
Publisher: Springer
DOI: 10.1007/s11192-016-1848-y
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-1848-y
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 11:52
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2022 02:43
Cite in APA 7: Mirnezami, S. R., & Beaudry, C. (2016). The effect of holding a research chair on scientists' productivity. Scientometrics, 107(2), 399-454. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-1848-y


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