Individual research grants and academic productivity: Empirical Evidences from NRU HSE

Елена Шакина


This study aims at finding out the impact of the remunerative and commitment-based incentives on the academic outcomes of the HSE faculty. Both kinds of incentives are explicitly introduced in the system of research grants. Grantees are given an opportunity to be awarded for particular academic outcomes introduced in the research proposals that are related to their commitments.

This analysis provides a glimpse at the efficiency of the monetary motivation of HSE academic contract. At the moment, a number of academic development tools are introduced at HSE; among them – the individual research grant program aimed at increasing publication activity of HSE faculty. This research examines whether the program of individual research grants  act as a driver of remunerative and commitment-based incentives for academic staff. We expect to determine the treatment effect of this program on the publication intensity and quality at HSE. If this effect is found, we will have a reason to believe that remunerative and commitment-based incentives play a role for research activities and their outcomes in HSE.

This research is based on empirical analysis. The database contains over 800 observations of the approved and rejected applications for individual research grants from 2008 till 2012; the data is provided by the HSE Academic Fund and collected from publicly available sources, such as HSE website. The technique of regression discontinuity design enables estimation of the treatment effect of the individual research grants over the last 5 years. As a result of this investigation, we expect to shed some light on the effects of the HSE motivation policy towards academic staff.

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