Accession Number:

AD0632155

Title:

SOME ASPECTS OF THE ALLOCATION OF SCIENTIFIC EFFORT BETWEEN TEACHING AND RESEARCH,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Report Date:

1966-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The study considers some aspects of the allocation of scientific effort by means of an analytic framework consisting of specified policy objectives and a model for the allocation of new Ph.Ds in science between teaching and research. Some simplifying assumptions lead to a general welfare function for this aspect of a national science policy. The production of new scientists is determined in the model by a production function, dependent on teaching scientists and on time. For any of the special cases of the welfare function and for a production function with a constant ratio of new scientists to teaching scientists, an initial allocation of a maximum proportion of new scientists to teaching is preferred, followed by a switch to a minimum proportion of new scientists to teaching. Similar switching solutions also apply to a wider class of objectives and production functions. The analytic framework and preferred allocations are briefly examined with respect to real world considerations and to their possible implications for national policy. Several policy initiatives are discussed in light of the model and some possible changes are suggested in government policies on R and D support and aid to science education. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE