A large literature following Hirsch (2005) has proposed citation-
indexes of individuals' research output. This paper views Hirsch's
index as one member of a larger class and examines how well different
indexes align with labor market outcomes for young, tenured economists
at 50 US departments. Variants that emphasize smaller numbers
of highly-cited papers are more aligned with labor market outcomes
than is Hirsch's original index. It also examines how the market
assesses jointly authored work, and how indexes can be adjusted for
differences in citations across fields and years of experience.
"How Does the Market Use Citation Data? The Hirsch Index in Economics."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Sociology of Economics
Index Numbers and Aggregation; Leading indicators