nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2006‒05‒06
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmstrom
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. The as-is journal review process: Let authors own their ideas By Eric W. K. Tsang; Bruno S. Frey
  2. Assessing the returns to studying abroad By Hessel Oosterbeek; Dinand Webbink

  1. By: Eric W. K. Tsang; Bruno S. Frey
    Abstract: Recently, the problems associated with the existing journal review process aroused discussions from seasoned management researchers, who have also made useful suggestions for improving the process. To complement these suggestions, we propose a more radical change: a manuscript should be reviewed on an “as is” basis and its fate be determined in one round of review. The as-is review process shortens the time period from submission to final acceptance, reduces the workload of editors, referees and authors, provides frank author feedback to referees, and, most important, lets authors own all of the ideas in their publications.
    Keywords: Journals; reviews; authors; submissions
    JEL: Z0
    Date: 2006–03
  2. By: Hessel Oosterbeek; Dinand Webbink
    Abstract: The market for higher education increasingly becomes an international market. Nowadays, the number of students studying abroad is substantial and increasing. Many governments stimulate students to study abroad by offering a wide range of grants. However, little is known on the returns to studying abroad. This paper explores the feasibility of a new approach for finding credible evidence on the returns to studying abroad. We use a sample of graduates who applied for a specific grant for studying abroad and compare the outcomes of graduates who received the grant with the outcomes of graduates who did not receive the grant. The ranking of the applicants by the selection committee has been used to create credible control groups. We find that the grant has increased the probability of studying abroad with 23 to 42%-points and the duration of the study with 7 to 9 months. An extension of the study with 7 to 9 months increases the probability of living abroad with 30 to 39%-points. Studying abroad is associated with higher wages. However, it is not clear whether these higher wages are caused by studying abroad.
    Keywords: Studying abroad; causal effects; natural experiment
    JEL: I2 J24 J31
    Date: 2006–05

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