nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2011‒09‒16
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Input control and random choice improving the selection process for journal articles By Margit Osterloh; Bruno S. Frey
  2. Gender ratios at top PhD programs in economics By Galina Hale; Tali Regev
  3. The Impact of Economics Blogs By McKenzie, David J.; Özler, Berk

  1. By: Margit Osterloh; Bruno S. Frey
    Abstract: The process by which scholarly papers are selected for publication in a journal is faced with serious problems. The referees rarely agree and often are biased. This paper discusses two alternative measures to evaluate scholars. The first alternative suggests input control. The second one proposes that the referees should decide only whether a paper reaches a minimal level of quality. Within the resulting set, each paper should be chosen randomly. This procedure has advantages but also disadvantages. The more weight that is given to input control and random mechanism, the more likely it is that unconventional and innovative articles are published.
    Keywords: Publication, journals, referees, editors, random, academia
    JEL: A1 A10 D02 H83 L23 M50
    Date: 2011–09
  2. By: Galina Hale; Tali Regev
    Abstract: Analyzing university faculty and graduate student data for the top-ten U.S. economics departments between 1987 and 2007, we find that there are persistent differences in gender composition for both faculty and graduate students across institutions and that the share of female faculty and the share of women in the entering PhD class are positively correlated. We find, using instrumental variables analysis, robust evidence that this correlation is driven by the causal effect of the female faculty share on the gender composition of the entering PhD class. This result provides an explanation for persistent underrepresentation of women in economics, as well as for persistent segregation of women across academic fields.
    Keywords: Economics - Study and teaching ; Universities and colleges ; Economists
    Date: 2011
  3. By: McKenzie, David J.; Özler, Berk
    Abstract: There is a proliferation of economics blogs, with increasing numbers of economists attracting large numbers of readers, yet little is known about the impact of this new medium. Using a variety of experimental and non-experimental techniques, we try to quantify some of their effects. First, links from blogs cause a striking increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Second, blogging raises the profile of the blogger (and his institution) and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records. Finally, we find that a blog can transform attitudes about some of the topics it covers.
    Keywords: blog; dissemination; impact evaluation; influence
    JEL: A11 A23
    Date: 2011–09

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