nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2011‒07‒27
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. A Matching Model of the Academic Publication Market By Besancenot, Damien; Huynh, Kim; Vranceanu, Radu
  2. Equal Opportunities in Science? Evidence on Gender Pay Gaps amongst Scientists Working in the UK By Sara Connolly; Susan Long

  1. By: Besancenot, Damien (Université paris 13); Huynh, Kim (Université Paris 2); Vranceanu, Radu (ESSEC Business School)
    Abstract: This paper provides a dynamic analysis of the market for academic publications. Given imperfect information about journals’editorial line, authors can sometimes target a wrong journal; in turn, the editor will desk-reject their paper. An equilibrium is de…ned as a situation where both editors and authors implement their optimal publication strategies, given the matching technology and the prevailing surplus sharing rule. The model can be solved for the equilibrium submission fee, desk rejection rate and ratio between the number of editors and the number of authors.
    Keywords: Academic journals; Desk-rejection; Publishing; Matching; Imperfect information
    JEL: A14 C78
    Date: 2011–07–13
  2. By: Sara Connolly (School of Economics, University of East Anglia); Susan Long (School of Economics, University of East Anglia)
    Abstract: The groundbreaking MIT report (1999) was the first study to quantify the disadvantages faced by female scientists. This has been followed by studies of gender pay differentials amongst academics working in the humanities (US), economics (UK and US) and the sciences (US). This paper provides the first detailed study of gender pay differentials amongst scientists working in the UK. Our data allows us to contrast the experiences of scientists working in Higher Education (academic scientists) with those working in Research Institutes (research scientists). We find that there is a gender pay differential of 22% (?6-7,000), most of which can be accounted for in terms of age, grade, subject, research esteem, workplace and domestic responsibilities, but a significant proportion remains unexplained (19% in academic and 30% in research science). Our results suggest that across grades, if female scientists were to receive the same returns as male scientists, the gender pay gap would narrow significantly and would close at the bottom end of the distribution.
    Keywords: occupation, pay, decomposition, institutions
    JEL: J16 J31 J44 J71
    Date: 2011–07–18

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