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University productivity – quality as well as quantity?

HERG’s central methodology for measuring university productivity is the Research and Education Frontier (REEF) Index, which is described more fully in another Explainer. The REEF method can use different inputs, but commonly we use the number of students educated and the number of research publications per million dollars of expenditure.

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Research productivity is growing; Teaching productivity is not

Three weeks ago in this publication, Stephen Parker described the challenges facing professions and occupations that suffer from what is sometimes referred to as Baumol cost disease. This is the idea that some kinds of personal services find it difficult to generate productivity improvements beyond a certain point but they must pay salaries that compete with other occupations that can.

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