One of these things is not like the other…

At the top of the tree in academia are Personal or Chaired Professors. Are all created equal? These positions are expensive – they top out at around 130k pa. They should be rare. These, after all are the ne plus ultra of the profession. Academics are supposed to teach, to engage in research, and to undertake administrative duties. One might assume then that those at the top will be doing lots of such, verifiably and measurably so. That doing so does not in and of itself guarantee becoming head buck cat is also the case, but that those who have such posts should be so doing would seem reasonable.

I took a look at the scholarship records of the position holders in Irish economics departments. The data are from Scopus a standard database that covers 99% of the likely places in which such publications would be found. I also limited the search to journal articles, excluding book chapters, reviews etc.
Why? For all its faults the double blind peer review system is the best we have. Chapters and so forth generally do not go through the same degree of analytical scrutiny as journals. I looked back 10 years, a decent window on someone’s career, as well as back 5 years, and I included citations as an (imperfect) measure of impact – one paper that is path breaking might reasonably be seen as better than 10 that are never cited.

Interpretation of the results is left to the reader.

Institution Name

Articles 2005-15

Articles 2010-15

Citations 2005-15

NUIG Alan Ahearne

3

0

173

John McHale

6

2

279

Terrence McDonough

4

2

35

UL Jim Deegan

7

2

17

Bernadette Andreosso

14

6

97

NUIM Gregory Connor

7

6

292

Donal O’Neill

14

6

128

Rowena Pecchenino

8

3

167

UCD Ron Davies

21

16

312

Karl Whelan

22

13

534

Paul Devereux

20

11

712

Morgan Kelly

9

9

116

TCD John O’Hagan

6

3

111

Philip Lane

30

23

1800

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