nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2013‒03‒09
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Der Einfluss des Forschungsschwerpunkts auf den Zitationserfolg: Eine empirische Untersuchung anhand der Gesamtpublikationen deutschsprachiger Hochschullehrer für BWL By Müller, Harry; Dilger, Alexander
  2. Researcher's Dilemma By Bobtcheff, Catherine; Bolte, Jérôme; Mariotti, Thomas

  1. By: Müller, Harry; Dilger, Alexander
    Abstract: Rankings finden als Methode zur Messung und zum Vergleich wissenschaftlicher Forschungsleistungen in der deutschsprachigen BWL vielfältige Beachtung, stoßen aber auch auf Kritik. Auf der Basis des wissenschaftlichen Gesamtwerks aller Mitglieder des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB) wird ein zitationsbasiertes Verfahren mit Google Scholar angewandt. Anhand des Datensatzes werden verschiedene bibliometrische Kennzahlen miteinander verglichen und mögliche Einflussfaktoren identifiziert. Dabei wird bestätigt, dass die thematischen Schwerpunkte der Hochschullehrer die Zitationskennzahlen und ihre Rangplätze maßgeblich beeinflussen. -- In German business administration, rankings are noted as methods to measure and compare academic research performance but are also criticised. On the basis of the academic publications of all members of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB), a citation based ranking method with Google Scholar is applied. That dataset is used to compare different bibliometric indicators and to identify possible factors of influence. It is confirmed that the research fields of professors have a significant influence on the bibliometric indicators and places in rankings.
    JEL: I23 A11 J24 M00 M50 C81
    Date: 2013
  2. By: Bobtcheff, Catherine (Toulouse School of Economics (CNRS, LERNA)); Bolte, Jérôme (Toulouse School of Economics (GREMAQ)); Mariotti, Thomas (Toulouse School of Economics (CNRS, GREMAQ, IDEI))
    Abstract: We model academic competition as a game in which researchers ¯ght for priority. Researchers privately experience breakthroughs and decide how long to let their ideas mature before making them public, thereby establishing priority. In a two-researcher, symmetric environment, the resulting preemption game has a unique equilibrium. We study how the shape of the breakthrough distribution affects equilibrium maturation delays. Making researchers better at discovering new ideas or at developing them has contrasted effects on the quality of research outputs. Finally, when researchers have different innovative abilities, speed of discovery and maturation of ideas are positively correlated in equilibrium.
    Keywords: Academic Competition, Preemption Games, Private Information.
    JEL: C73 D82
    Date: 2013–02
  3. By: Maria De Paola; Francesca Gioia (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Statistiche e Finanziarie, Università della Calabria)
    Abstract: In a simple theoretical model we show that impatience affects academic performance through two different channels: impatient students spend less effort in studying activities and set less ambitious objectives in terms of grades at exams. As a consequence, the relationship between impatience and academic success may vary according to how performance is measured. Using data from a sample of Italian undergraduate students, we find a strong negative relationship between impatience and both the average grade at exams and the probability of graduating with honours. Conversely, a negative but not statistically significant correlation emerges between time preferences and both the number of credits earned in the three years following enrolment and the probability of timely graduation. Our findings are robust to alternative measures of impatience and controlling for family background characteristics, for cognitive abilities and for risk preferences.
    Keywords: Time preferences, impatience, human capital, academic success
    JEL: I20 D03 D91 J01
    Date: 2013–02

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