nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2010‒01‒16
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Citation Success: Evidence from Economic History Journal Publications By Waldenström, Daniel; Di Vaio, Gianfranco; Weisdorf, Jacob
  2. The Determinants of Research Production by U.S. Universities By Quentin David
  3. Axiomatics for the Hirsch research output index By Quesada, Antonio

  1. By: Waldenström, Daniel (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)); Di Vaio, Gianfranco (University of Perugia); Weisdorf, Jacob (University of Copenhagen)
    Abstract: This study analyses determinants of citation success among authors publishing in economic history journals. Bibliometric features, like article length and number of authors, are positively correlated with the citation rate up to a certain point. Remarkably, publishing in top-ranked journals hardly affects citations. In regard to author-specific characteristics, male authors, full professors and authors working economics or history departments, and authors employed in Anglo-Saxon countries, are more likely to get cited than others. As a ‘shortcut’ to citation success, we find that research diffusion, measured by number of presentations and people mentioned in acknowledgement, boosts the citation rate.
    Keywords: Bibliometrics; Citation Analysis; Citation Success; Economic History; Scientometrics; Poisson Regression
    JEL: A10 A11 A14 N10
    Date: 2010–01–04
  2. By: Quentin David (CREA, University of Luxembourg)
    Abstract: In this paper, we analyze the determinants of the production of research by higher edu- cation institutions in the U.S.. We use the information contained in the Shanghai ranking to estimate their performance in the production of top level academic research. We show that it is important to account for the presence of outliers, in both dimensions (x and y axes), among institutions. It appears that most of the top ranked institutions must be con- sidered as outliers. We also treat the endogeneity issue and test for the possible selection bias. We ?nd that the income, the share of this income devoted to expenses in research and the number of professors very significantly increase the ability of an institution to produce top level academic research. We also show that the relationship between the average quality (salary) of professors and the production of research is U-shaped with a signi?cant share of institutions located on the decreasing part of the curve.
    JEL: I23 I2 H52 C21
    Date: 2009
  3. By: Quesada, Antonio
    Abstract: The Hirsch index is a number that synthesizes a researcher’s output. It is defined as the maximum number h such that the researcher has h papers with at least h citations each. Two axiomatic characterizations of this index are suggested. One of them provides a simple conceptualization of the Hirsch index: after selecting those outputs deserving index 1, the Hirsch index of any other output x is the minimum value of a two-part decomposition of x.
    Keywords: Hirsch index; publications; citations; research quality; scientific productivity.
    JEL: C43 D80 A11
    Date: 2009–12–18

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