Substitution and complementarity in the creation and communication of Australian university research

Burgio-Ficca, Claudia and Doucouliagos, Chris 2007, Substitution and complementarity in the creation and communication of Australian university research, Australian economic papers, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 170-190.

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Title Substitution and complementarity in the creation and communication of Australian university research
Author(s) Burgio-Ficca, Claudia
Doucouliagos, Chris
Journal name Australian economic papers
Volume number 46
Issue number 2
Start page 170
End page 190
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2007-05
ISSN 0004-900X
1467-8454
Summary The generation of research is one of the major functions of the university sector. In most disciplines, journal articles continue to be the main outlet for the communication of research findings. However, in Australia, government induced distortions have rewarded refereed conference papers an equal status to refereed journal papers. The aim of this paper is to explore the association between research published in journals and research published in conference proceedings. We use a panel dataset of the research output of 36 Australian universities, for the period 1995–2004. Cobb-Douglas research production functions are estimated, as well as a system of research production functions that allows for simultaneity. The results indicate that journals and conferences are contemporaneous substitutes – an expansion in conference publications displaces journal publications. There is also a 'DEST effect'. On average, conference papers are not converted into subsequent journal papers. The DEST effect is found also through analysis of the publication histories of 152 business and law academics. Postgraduate enrolments are shown to contribute only to conferences and have no effect on journal publications. Research income has a positive effect on both conferences and journal publications.
Language eng
Field of Research 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007061

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