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May 16, 2008 Economic Research Citations at Liberal Arts Colleges*

Summary: DRAFT
May 16, 2008
Economic Research Citations at Liberal Arts Colleges*
Peter Pedroni
Williams College
Stephen Sheppard
Williams College
* Acknowledgments: We thank Michael Reynolds, currently a senior economics major at
Williams College, for carefully collecting the citations data for this study.
See Kalaitzidakis et. al. (2003) for an example of a study that produces a world wide ranking of
all economics departments, including those in liberal arts colleges, based on quality adjusted faculty
1. Motivation
Liberal arts colleges in the United States place a high premium on the quality of the teaching
provided by their faculty members. While complementarities between teaching and research
exist, the high demand for premium teaching can be expected to reduce research output among
liberal arts college faculty. Many liberal arts colleges have nevertheless come to recognize that
in order to attract talented teachers and to provide the type of education desired by the best
undergraduates, it is important to offer faculty an attractive research environment. Accordingly,


Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College


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