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,, 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  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 Performance Evaluation Metrics Corrupt Researchers

Article | Oct 3, 2019

New research shows how citation metrics create perverse incentives for corruption in economics

Boycott the Journal Rankings

Article | Jul 27, 2018

Journal rankings are a rigged game. The blacklist of history of economic thought journals isn’t a fluke nor a conspiracy—it exposes how citation rankings really work

Performance-Based Incentives, Research Evaluation Systems and the Trickle-Down of Bad Science

Paper Conference paper | | May 2018

Alberto Baccini’s presentation for INET’s panel on research evaluation at the G20 Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, May 2018.

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

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Alberto Baccini’s INET funded research on the impact of publishing incentives

News Oct 29, 2020

“Alberto Baccini, an economist at the University of Siena in Italy, says that people assessing research should be aware that the process can have an influence on academics’ behavior. ‘For each research assessment, you can find some behavior that changes in a way that is not desirable for society,’ he says. A 2019 study conducted by Baccini and colleagues found that researchers in Italy have been citing their own work or that authored by other researchers based at Italian institutions more frequently in response to a 2010 policy that is used to make decisions on promotions based on the number of citations researchers accumulate.” — INET Grantee Alberto Baccini

INET/YSI Pre-conference @ STOREP 2019

YSI Event Workshop YSI | Jun 25–27, 2019

The Institute for New Economic Thinking and the Italian Association for the History of Political Economy (STOREP) announce a day and a half of lectures, workshops, and debates held on the 26th and 27th of June, just before the annual STOREP conference, in Siena, Italy.