nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2013‒04‒13
four papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Does The John Bates Clark Medal Boost Subsequent Productivity And Citation Success? By Ho Fai Chan; Bruno S. Frey; Jana Gallus; Benno Torgler
  2. Do large departments make academics more productive? Agglomeration and peer effects in research By Bosquet, Clément; Combes, Pierre-Philippe
  3. ‘Welcome to the experience economy’: assessing the influence of customer experience literature through bibliometric analysis By Hélder Ferreira; Aurora A.C. Teixeira
  4. Publish or Teach ? The Role of the Scientific Environment on Academics’ Multitasking By Yann Kossi; Jean-Yves Lesueur; Mareva Sabatier

  1. By: Ho Fai Chan; Bruno S. Frey; Jana Gallus; Benno Torgler
    Abstract: Despite the social importance of awards, they have been largely disregarded by academic research in economics. This paper investigates whether a specific, yet important, award in economics, the John Bates Clark Medal, raises recipients’ subsequent research activity and status compared to a synthetic control group of nonrecipient scholars with similar previous research performance. We find evidence of positive incentive and status effects that raise both productivity and citation levels.
    Keywords: Awards, Incentives, Research, John Bates Clark Medal, Synthetic control method
    JEL: A13 C23 M52
    Date: 2013–03–14
  2. By: Bosquet, Clément; Combes, Pierre-Philippe
    Abstract: We study the effect of a large set of department characteristics on individual publication records. We control for many individual time-varying characteristics, individual fixed-effects and reverse causality. Department characteristics have an explanatory power that can be as high as that of individual characteristics. The departments that generate most externalities are those where academics are homogeneous in terms of publication performance and have diverse research fields, and, to a lesser extent, large departments, with more women, older academics, star academics and foreign co-authors. Department specialisation in a field also favours publication in that field. More students per academic does not penalise publication. At the individual level, women and older academics publish less, while the average publication quality increases with average number of authors per paper, individual field diversity, number of published papers and foreign co-authors.
    Keywords: economic geography; economics of science; networks; productivity determinants; selection and endogeneity
    JEL: I3 J24 R12
    Date: 2013–03
  3. By: Hélder Ferreira (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto); Aurora A.C. Teixeira (CEF.UP, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto; INESC Porto; OBEGEF)
    Abstract: Some publications strongly influence how research in a field evolves and in which direction, particularly by introducing and developing new concepts and insights. The analysis of such seminal publications is an interesting way to examine a scholar’s or a theory’s influence on a discipline. It is a sound and valuable method for introducing newcomers to a field, while also providing incumbent researchers with thorough and encompassing updates. In the last few years there has been increasing interest from both academia and practitioners in the topic of customer experience. Pine II and Gilmore’s article published in 1998 in the Harvard Business Review (‘Welcome to the experience economy’) is seen by many as a key forerunner in this area of research. The present paper explores the ‘small world’ of Pine II and Gilmore, based on bibliometric tools. An in-depth analysis of the scientific influence of this article was performed, based on the citations it has received since it was published (1998) to 2012. The results confirm the broad scope of influence of the concept of ‘customer experience’. Indeed, Pine II and Gilmore’s article has been cited by authors from a wide range of scientific areas, not only in business and management but also tourism, sport, leisure and hospitality. Moreover, measurement and innovation emerge as underrepresented sub-topics within customer experience research. Finally, an appeal is made for more quantitative-led research in this field of study.
    Keywords: Customer experience; Scientific influence; Bibliometrics; Citations
    JEL: M39 C89
    Date: 2013–01
  4. By: Yann Kossi (Université de Lyon, Lyon, F-69007, France ; CNRS, GATE Lyon St Etienne,F-69130 Ecully, France); Jean-Yves Lesueur (Université de Lyon, Lyon, F-69007, France ; CNRS, GATE Lyon St Etienne,F-69130 Ecully, France); Mareva Sabatier (Université de Savoie, IAE Savoie - Mont Blanc BP 80439, 74944 Annecy-le-Vieux Cedex, France)
    Abstract: The scientific environment might influence university researchers’ job designs. In a principal–agent model, researchers must choose between substitutable tasks, publishing or teaching, according to their individual abilities and the scientific and pedagogical context that exists in their universities. This proposed model shows that scientific production can increase, regardless of researchers’ abilities, if the scientific environment favours agglomeration effects. The authors test these predictions using an original data set of French economics professors that reveals their individual investments in both teaching and publishing. The econometric results confirm that the tasks conflict and that the scientific context affects researchers’ investments in each task.
    Keywords: Tournament scientific production, multitasking, scientific environment
    JEL: C3 D2 D8
    Date: 2013

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