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Pluralism in Economics and Research Assessment Systems

February 2, 2010 5 comments

from Donald Gillies

For the last five years I have been conducting research into the effects of research assessment systems such as the research assessment exercise and the research excellence framework in the UK.  There are now plans to introduce similar systems in other countries such as France and Italy.  My first paper on this subject was published in the post-autistic economics review in 2006 (,  and in December 2008, to coincide with the results of the last UK research assessment exercise, I published a book on this subject entitled:  How Should Research be Organised?  This is available here at and here at

The main result of my research is that research assessment systems have a systematic tendency to decrease the quality of the research output.  Read more…


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