R. Carter Hill’s Paper Hits Top 10 Download List

11/20/2012 04:02 PM

BATON ROUGE – R. Carter Hill, Ourso Family Professor of Econometrics and Thomas Singletary Professor of Economics, co-wrote a paper with former LSU Professor of Economics Robert E. Martin that recently hit the top 10 download list in the economics section of the Social Science Research Network, or SSRN, website. By Nov. 4, the paper had been downloaded 563 times. It was also cited in Jenny Rogers’ article “Administrative Bloat: How Much Is Enough?” in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The paper, “Measuring Baumol and Bowen Effects in Public Research Universities,” examines the link between costs for students and public research universities and staffing ratios. According to the paper’s abstract, a staffing ratio of three tenured professors for every full-time administrator, along with shared governance, is optimal to lower costs. After analyzing this effect, Hill and Martin’s “results suggest two thirds of the real cost changes between 1987 and 2008 are due to weak shared governance and serious agency problems among administrators and boards.”

According to its website, the SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

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Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012