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The Distribution of Research Performance Across Australian Universities, 1992-2003, and Its Implications for Higher Education Funding Models




Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • We contribute to the debate on research performance by

    comparing the distribution of research inputs and outputs across

    Australian universities during 1992-2003. We have calculated annual

    Gini coefficients for various performance measures and Lorenz curves

    for the final year of the study. Various findings are evident.

    Research-input measures have remained relatively unevenly distributed

    across universities. Output measures were more evenly distributed

    and this exhibited a gradual and rather consistent decline through

    time, supporting the view that the research output is being generated

    gradually more equally across Australia’s universities. Excluding

    the "Group of Eight" (Go8) universities, results in a more even

    distribution of performance. However, in 2003 this group took the

    lion’s share of research inputs but produced a smaller share of outputs.

    Our findings are relevant to current funding policy discussion.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Web Of Science Accession Number


Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • We contribute to the debate on research performance by

    comparing the distribution of research inputs and outputs across

    Australian universities during 1992-2003. We have calculated annual

    Gini coefficients for various performance measures and Lorenz curves

    for the final year of the study. Various findings are evident.

    Research-input measures have remained relatively unevenly distributed

    across universities. Output measures were more evenly distributed

    and this exhibited a gradual and rather consistent decline through

    time, supporting the view that the research output is being generated

    gradually more equally across Australia’s universities. Excluding

    the "Group of Eight" (Go8) universities, results in a more even

    distribution of performance. However, in 2003 this group took the

    lion’s share of research inputs but produced a smaller share of outputs.

    Our findings are relevant to current funding policy discussion.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Web Of Science Accession Number