Equity and Excellence in Research Funding

  title={Equity and Excellence in Research Funding},
  author={Diana Hicks and J. Sylvan Katz},
The tension between equity and excellence is fundamental in science policy. This tension might appear to be resolved through the use of merit-based evaluation as a criterion for research funding. This is not the case. Merit-based decision making alone is insufficient because of inequality aversion, a fundamental tendency of people to avoid extremely unequal distributions. The distribution of performance in science is extremely unequal, and no decision maker with the power to establish a… 
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