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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

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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

Edition


Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


Volume


Issue


Place Of Publication