nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2010‒06‒26
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. The Selection of Skills into Sectors: Evidence from the Market for Economists By Boehm , Michael J.; Watzinger, Martin
  2. An Updated Ranking of Academic Journals in Economics By Pantelis Kalaitzidakis; Theofanis P. Mamuneas; Thanasis Stengos

  1. By: Boehm , Michael J.; Watzinger, Martin
    Abstract: We study the selection of skills into sectors in an environment with (1) exogenous variation in the attractiveness of sectors and (2) good measurability of skills. More concretely, we examine how the selection into leading economics PhD programs varies with the business cycle and we measure PhD’s skills by their publication success. Our results strongly support a selection story: cohorts applying fora PhD- and graduating from a PhD during recession achieve a substantially better publication record if they stay in academia after graduating.
    Keywords: Sectoral Selection; Skill Composition; Business Cycle; Careers
    JEL: I29 J44 J24
    Date: 2010–06
  2. By: Pantelis Kalaitzidakis (University of Crete); Theofanis P. Mamuneas (University of Cyprus); Thanasis Stengos (University of Guelph)
    Abstract: We conduct an update of the ranking of economic journals by Kalaitzidakis, Mamuneas and Stengos (2003). However, our present study differs methodologically from that earlier study in an important dimension. We use a rolling window of years between 2003 and 2008, for each year counting the number of citations of articles published in the previous ten years. This allows us to obtain a smoother longer view of the evolution of rankings in the period under consideration and avoid the inherent randomness that may exist at any particular year. Using this framework we proceed to examine the relative ranking of the Canadian Journal of Economics over time. We find the Canadian Journal managed not only to maintain its relative position, but to also improve it over time.
    Date: 2010–01

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