nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2008‒07‒20
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. What and how long does it take to get tenure? The Case of Economics and Business Administration in Austria, Germany and Switzerland? By Susanne Warning; Christian Wiermann; Günther G. Schulze
  2. Product Quality in a Simple OLG Model of Scientific Competition By Max Albert

  1. By: Susanne Warning; Christian Wiermann; Günther G. Schulze (Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg)
    Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of tenure decisions in Germany, Austria and the German-speaking part of Switzerland for professorships in economics, business administration and related fields. Our data set comprises candidates who were awarded tenure as well as those who were eligible but were not tenured. We show that business candidates have a higher probability of being tenured than economists. Youth, marital status, and publications matter; gender and children do not. The market for first appointments in economics relies much more on publication performance than the market for business administration.
    Keywords: Habilitation, tenure, academic labor market
    JEL: A11 I23
    Date: 2008–07
  2. By: Max Albert (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Dept of Economics)
    Abstract: Using a simple OLG model where the research output of one generation provides inputs for the next, the paper explains how quality standards can become established in scientific competition. Researchers seek status, which they get if their results are used by the next generation. Quality is hereditary in the sense that input quality affects output quality. Hereditary quality allows for simple coordination on quality standards.
    Keywords: economics of science, methodology of economics, product quality, quality standards, scientific competition
    JEL: D02 L31 O31
    Date: 2008

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