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Alberto Baccini

Alberto Baccini is a professor of economics in the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Siena. His current fields of specialization include bibliometrics, scientometrics and history of economic thought (uncertainty and probability).

Baccini is one of the founders and of editors of Roars, www.roars.it, a collective blog (in Italian) dedicated to the monitoring and critical examination of policy measures and trends in higher education and public research. Baccini is the Editor in chief of RT. A Journal on Research Policy and Evaluation https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/roars/index.  From 2012 to 2015 he was president of STOREP (Italian Association for the HiSToRy of Political Economy).  In 1995, Baccini completed his PhD in History of Economics from the University of Florence.

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How Pseudoscientific Rankings Are Distorting Research

Article | Jan 18, 2018

The shocking—but illustrative—example of how an Italian government agency concocted statistics to evaluate scholarship, hid them from the public, and masqueraded them as science. It’s a growing phenomenon