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The h-index and its alternatives: An application to the 100 most prolific economists



The h-index is a recent but already quite popular way of measuring research quality and quantity. However, it discounts highly-cited papers. The g-index corrects for this, but it is sensitivity to the number of never-cited papers. Besides, h- or g-index-based rankings have a large number of ties. Therefore, this paper introduces two new indices, and tests their performance for the 100 most prolific economists. A researcher has a t-number (f-number) of t (f) if t (f) is the largest number for which it holds that she has t (f) publications for which the geometric (harmonic) average number of citations is at least t (f). The new indices overcome the shortcomings of the old indices.


Rank Correlation Discriminatory Power Timothy Citation Network Citation Number 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economic and Social Research InstituteDublinIreland
  2. 2.Institute for Environmental StudiesVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Spatial EconomicsVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Engineering and Public PolicyCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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