Does random selection of commissioners improve the quality of selected candidates? An investigation in the Italian Academia

Foto Concorsi universitari.  La selezione casuale dei commissari ha migliorato la qualità dei professori in cattedra?

In 2008 a reform occurred in Italy in the formation of selection committees for qualifying to university professorship. Prior to the reform members of the committees were elected by their peers, then they have been randomly drawn. This policy was intended to increase the equality of opportunities of candidates via a reduction of the role played by connection to commissioners. Results show that candidates internalised the changed environment and adapted their strategy of application. However the reform did not necessarily raise the impact of scientific quality of candidates on the outcome of competitions.


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