nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2012‒12‒06
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Which factors drive the decision to boycott and opt out of research rankings? A note By Berlemann, Michael; Haucap, Justus
  2. Where Do New Ph.D. Economists Go? Evidence from Recent Initial Job Placements By Chen, Jihui Susan; Liu, Qihong; Billger, Sherrilyn M.

  1. By: Berlemann, Michael; Haucap, Justus
    Abstract: This note contains an empirical analysis of the decision of German-speaking business scholars to boycott and opt out of the best known research ranking of business scholars, initiated and published by Germany's largest business daily, Handelsblatt. Our analysis indicates that scientists who are more senior (already have a longer academic career) and scientists who have been either less successful or less eager to publish their research in internationally well renown journals with high impact factors are more likely to boycott the research ranking. In addition, scientists who have already been appointed to a professorship are more likely to boycott the ranking, while academics having obtained a Ph.D. (instead of a German-style doctorate) are less prone to supporting the boycott. Finally, researchers specializing in various more quantitatively oriented subjects (such as finance and operations research) are less likely to boycott the ranking, while researchers in some less quantitatively oriented subjects (such as business organization) are more likely supporting the boycott. --
    Date: 2012
  2. By: Chen, Jihui Susan (Illinois State University); Liu, Qihong (University of Oklahoma); Billger, Sherrilyn M. (Illinois State University)
    Abstract: We use data from the 2007-2008 Ph.D. economist job market to investigate initial job placement in terms of job location, job type, and job rank. Our results suggest gender differences in all three dimensions of job placement. Relative to their male counterparts, female candidates are less (more) likely to be placed into academic (government or private sector) jobs and, on average, are placed into worse ranked jobs. Foreign female candidates are also more likely than foreign males to stay in the U.S. When foreign students are placed outside the U.S., they are more likely to be in academia than in government or private sector, while the opposite holds when foreign students are placed in the U.S., which is largely consistent with a stylized theory model. Our results also reveal various country/region heterogeneities in the type, location, and rank of job placements.
    Keywords: Ph.D. labor market, job type, job location, job rank
    JEL: A11 A23 J44
    Date: 2012–11

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