nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2011‒10‒15
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Persistence and Academic Success in University By Martin D. Dooley; A. Abigail Payne; A. Leslie Robb
  2. Four decades of health economics through a bibliometric lens By Wagstaff, Adam; Culyer, Anthony J.
  3. Science and Technology Studies: Exploring the Knowledge Base By Ben Martin; Paul Nightingale; Alfredo Yegros-Yegros

  1. By: Martin D. Dooley; A. Abigail Payne; A. Leslie Robb
    Abstract: We use a unique set of linked administrative data sets to explore the determinants of persistence and academic success in university. The explanatory power of high school grades greatly dominates that of other variables such as university program, gender, and neighbourhood and high school characteristics. Indeed, high school and neighbourhood characteristics, such as average standardized test scores for a high school or average neighbourhood income, have weak links with success in university.
    Keywords: university success, high school, neighbourhood.
    Date: 2011–10
  2. By: Wagstaff, Adam; Culyer, Anthony J.
    Abstract: This paper takes a bibliometric tour of the past 40 years of health economics using bibliographic"metadata"from EconLit supplemented by citation data from Google Scholar and the authors'topical classifications. The authors report the growth of health economics (33,000 publications since 1969 -- 12,000 more than in the economics of education) and list the 300 most-cited publications broken down by topic. They report the changing topical and geographic focus of health economics (the topics'Determinants of health and ill-health'and'Health statistics and econometrics'both show an upward trend, and the field has expanded appreciably into the developing world). They also compare authors, countries, institutions, and journals in terms of the volume of publications and their influence as measured through various citation-based indices (Grossman, the US, Harvard and the JHE emerge close to or at the top on a variety of measures).
    Keywords: Health Monitoring&Evaluation,Health Systems Development&Reform,Health Economics&Finance,Rural Development Knowledge&Information Systems,Health Law
    Date: 2011–10–01
  3. By: Ben Martin (SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, The Freeman Centre, University of Sussex); Paul Nightingale (SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, The Freeman Centre, University of Sussex); Alfredo Yegros-Yegros (INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València)
    Abstract: Science and Technology Studies (STS) is one of a number of new research fields to emerge over the last four or five decades. This paper attempts to identify its core academic contributions using the references that are most cited by the authors of chapters in a number of authoritative ‘handbooks’. The study then analyses the impact of these contributions by exploring the research fields, journals, and geographical location of the researchers that have cited these core contributions in their own work. Together, these two analyses reveal the various phases in the development of STS and the various aspects of convergence and divergence of the field as the quantitative studies of science and technology gradually separated from the main body of STS. The paper ends with some conclusions about the evolution of STS such as the role of ‘institution builders’ in developing new research fields and the structures required to hold them together.
    Keywords: science studies, STS, knowledge base, handbooks, core contributions
    Date: 2011–10

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