nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2009‒11‒14
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Honesty and Integrity in Economics By Mayer, Thomas
  2. Evaluating Scholars Based on Their Academic Collaboration Activities:The RC-Index and CC-Index for Quantifying Collaboration Activities of Researchers and Scientific Communities By Alireza Abbasi; Jorn Altmann; Junseok Hwang
  3. Article length bias in journal rankings By Kóczy László Á.; Nichifor Alexandru; Strobel Martin

  1. By: Mayer, Thomas (University of California, Davis)
    Abstract: When looked at individually there is little reason to think that economists lack integrity and are dishonest. Yet, when we look at academic papers written by economists we can see biases. This paper tries to reconcile these two observations by arguing that the constraints the profession sets on permitted practices are loose enough to allow economists to maintain their biases while conforming to the mores of their profession. There is little reason to think that economics is worse in this respect than some other fields.
    JEL: A14 B41
    Date: 2009–01
  2. By: Alireza Abbasi; Jorn Altmann; Junseok Hwang (Technology Management, Economics and Policy Program(TEMEP), Seoul National University)
    Abstract: Although there are many studies for quantifying the academic performance of researchers, such as measuring the scientific performance based on the number of publications, there are no studies about quantifying the collaboration activities of researchers. This study addresses this shortcoming by examining the collaboration network structure of researchers, the number of collaborations with other researchers, and the productivity index of co-authors. Based on the measures, two new indices, the RC-Index and CC-Index, are proposed for quantifying the collaboration activities of researchers and scientific communities. After applying these indices on a data set generated from publication list of five schools of information systems, we discuss the usefulness of these indices.
    Date: 2009–09
  3. By: Kóczy László Á.; Nichifor Alexandru; Strobel Martin (METEOR)
    Abstract: The quality of publications, approximated by the containing journal''s quality indicator, is often the basis for hire and promotion in academic and research positions. Over the years a handful of ranking methods have been proposed. Discussing the most prominent methodswe show that they are inherently biased against journals publishing short papers.
    Keywords: Economics ;
    Date: 2009

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