Title: Engaged in teaching, and scholarship too: economics faculty productivity at national liberal arts colleges

Authors: Chen Qian; Steven B. Caudill; Franklin G. Mixon Jr.

Addresses: Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, University of Louisville, 2301 S. 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40292, USA ' Department of Economics, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA ' Center for Economic Education, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907, USA

Abstract: This study examines the research productivity of economists affiliated with the top 100 national liberal arts colleges in the USA. Based on our findings, we are able to draw comparisons between research effort today and research patterns presented in earlier literature. According to one research ranking presented here, the top economics departments across liberal arts institutions are Claremont McKenna College, Middlebury College, Williams College, Wellesley College and Trinity College. When an alternative metric is used, Rhodes College, Agnes Scott College and Hope College enter the mix. Lastly, we provide a ranking of the top economists who are affiliated with national liberal arts institutions. These results reveal that a larger proportion of the top economists hold the rank of associate professor than what is shown in previous studies, and that research output at liberal arts institutions is relatively concentrated in one or a few scholars.

Keywords: economics scholarship; sociology of economics; economics education; faculty productivity; liberal arts colleges; USA; United States; research output; economics departments; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPEE.2016.080311

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2016 Vol.7 No.4, pp.360 - 372

Received: 04 Apr 2016
Accepted: 27 Jul 2016

Published online: 11 Nov 2016 *

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