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Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Economia e Gestão

Unidade de I&D

Núcleo de Investigação em Microeconomia Aplicada (NIMA) [ECO-Norte-Braga-3181] visitada em 18/11/2008

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This is a small unit, which does not seem to be unhappy with its state, even if growth – provided coherence is not endangered – is part of its aspirations.

Positive points:

• Good presentation of the unit by the coordinator, who tries to exploit synergies among the researchers. A former FCT (1996) recommendation of subdivision, in order to aim at more focused research units, has been gladly adhered to, and the result is considered a success.
• The coordinator is proud of an evolution towards harder entry conditions and more incentives through the mechanism of internal fund allocation.
• Their comparative advantage is the Experimental Economics Laboratory. They should focus on this.
• NIMA launched an electronic working paper series (available, free of charge, at its home page, as well as at the IDEAS bibliographic database) relying on a system of internal refereeing in order to guarantee high quality and ethical standards. At the present time, the series has 32 working papers, 16 of which are authored or co-authored by NIMA’s current full members.
• Three of the five PhD researchers are active (their main fields are Economics of Information, with 2 papers of ranks 2 and 3, Environmental Economics with 1 paper of rank 4 in 2003, Labour/Education Economics, with 2 papers of rank 2). They have to improve their production, in quality as well as in quantity.

Weaknesses:

• NIMA activities cover too many fields: Health Economics, Environmental Economics, Economics of Information, Experimental Economics, Microeconometrics, Labour/Education Economics. This leads to an unclear image of the unit. The coordinator tried to persuade us that the unit research themes are methodologically linked by the same kind of mathematical modelling and, principally, by experimental economics. They should accordingly put more emphasis on their methodological choices, rather than on the research fields they try to cover.

This small unit with three active and good researchers should be helped in developing its comparative advantage, which is experimental economics.

Besides, the coordinator stressed the urgent need for a clear definition by FCT of accountancy guidelines dealing with the payment of fees to the subjects, otherwise available funds cannot be spent and experimental projects can soon come to an end.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Applied Microeconomics [RG-ECO-Norte-Braga-3181-1695]