nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2011‒10‒01
four papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Citation Success: Evidence from Economic History Journal Publications By Gianfranco Di Vaio; Daniel Waldenström; Jacob Weisdorf
  2. A fuzzy-based scoring rule for author ranking By Marta Cardin; Marco Corazza; Stefania Funari; Silvio Giove
  3. A Decade of Editing the European Economic Review By Eckstein, Zvi; Gal-Or, Esther; Gylfason, Thorvaldur; von Hagen, Jürgen; Pfann, Gerard A.
  4. A Guide and Advice for Economists on the U.S. Junior Academic Job Market (2011-2012 Edition) By Cawley, John

  1. By: Gianfranco Di Vaio; Daniel Waldenström; Jacob Weisdorf
    Abstract: This study examines the determinants of citation success among authors who have recently published their work in economic history journals. Besides offering clues about how to improve one’s scientific impact, our citation analysis also sheds light on the state of the field of economic history. Consistent with our expectations, we find that full professors, authors appointed at economics and history departments, and authors working in Anglo-Saxon and German countries are more likely to receive citations than other scholars. Long and coauthored articles are also a factor for citation success. We find similar patterns when assessing the same authors’ citation success in economics journals. As a novel feature, we demonstrate that the diffusion of research – publication of working papers, as well as conference and workshop presentations – has a first-order positive impact on the citation rate.
    Keywords: Citation Analysis, Scientific Impact, Bibliometrics, Research Diffusion, Poisson Regression
    Date: 2011–09
  2. By: Marta Cardin (Department of Economics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.); Marco Corazza (Department of Economics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; Advanced School of Economics in Venice.); Stefania Funari (Department of Management, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.); Silvio Giove (Department of Economics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.)
    Abstract: The measurement of the quality of research has reached nowadays an increasing interest not only for scientific reasons but also for the critical problem of researchers' ranking, due to the lack of grant assignments. The most commonly used approach is based on the so-called $h$-index, even if the current literature debated a lot about its pros and cons. This paper, after a brief review of the $h$-index and of alternative models, focuses on the characterization and the implementation of a modified scoring rule approach by means of a fuzzy inference system a là Sugeno.
    Keywords: Research evaluation, bibliometrics, author ranking, $h$-index, scoring rules, fuzzy inference system.
    JEL: C02 I23 Z19
    Date: 2011
  3. By: Eckstein, Zvi (Tel Aviv University); Gal-Or, Esther (University of Pittsburgh); Gylfason, Thorvaldur (University of Iceland); von Hagen, Jürgen (University of Bonn); Pfann, Gerard A. (Maastricht University)
    Abstract: This story describes the circumstances that led to all five of us starting as editors at the same time, the unexpected things we have found, the unanticipated reactions we have encountered, how we worked as an editorial team, the central role of the editorial office manager, how we managed to work with five different publishers in ten years, the various initiatives we have developed to involve associate editors and referees, the early electronic editing system, and the creation of the essential database of potential referees. We will also describe the difficulties we have encountered in reaching one of our early goals to reduce the median time of first response to less than four months. Along the way, we will share a few anecdotes to illustrate the work of an academic journal editor.
    Keywords: journal, editing, economics
    JEL: A11 A14
    Date: 2011–09
  4. By: Cawley, John (Cornell University)
    Abstract: This guide, updated for the 2011-12 job market season, describes the U. S. academic market for new Ph.D. economists and offers advice on conducting an academic job search. It reports findings from published papers, describes practical details, and provides links to internet resources. Topics addressed include: preparing to go on the market, applying for academic jobs, signaling, interviewing at the ASSA meetings, campus visits, the secondary market scramble, offers and negotiating, diversity, and dual job searches.
    Keywords: academic labor market, market for economists, salaries
    JEL: A11 J0 J44 A23
    Date: 2011–09

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