Discussion Paper 14

The Research Output Of European Universities, 1996‐2010

José Manuel Pastor, Lorenzo Serrano and Irene Zaera

Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas (IVIE), Valencia, Spain



The measurement of university output is problematic, due to the multiproduct nature of their teaching and research activities. This study analyses the difficulties related to the measurement of the research output of universities and proposes a simple overall indicator which incorporates quantitative and qualitative aspects to permit the decomposition of the influence of the two factors. On the basis of this indicator homogeneous comparisons are made of the relative research output of the countries of the European Union and its evolution during the period 1996-2010.


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