nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2013‒12‒15
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Collision of lions and butterflies or mutual neglect - outside the Anglo-American domain, too? The publication and citation behaviour of economic geographers and geographical economists compared By Rolf Sternberg
  2. Incentives Matter: Reflections on the Role of Incentives in Scientific Productivity By Fabella, Raul V.

  1. By: Rolf Sternberg (Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Leibniz University, Hannover)
    Abstract: This paper compares the publication and citation behaviour of economic geogra- phers and geographical economists. Based on a unique data set and consciously limited to researchers in the German-speaking world, empirical analyses show more parallels than expected. Convergence of scholars from both disciplines over time can be observed, as younger papers are more similar to each other than older ones. Publication together with foreign scholars is also becoming more frequent. Joint publications of both disciplines are still a rare, but increasing phenomenon. There seems to be a cooperation dividend if the lion and the butterfly write joint articles.
    Keywords: publications, citations, economic geography, geographical economics
    JEL: Y80 R10
    Date: 2013–12–11
  2. By: Fabella, Raul V.
    Abstract: Depicting the Philippines as a prescientific society, this paper discusses how the environment plays a significant role in shaping the culture of research and scientific productivity. Such conducive environment includes having an adequate think space, a supportive and engaging critical mass, and most importantly, an efficient incentives system. The paper cites several examples of research institutions in the Philippines which highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts, research networks, strong leadership, and generous rewards in attaining success in their endeavor. It also mentions detriments to productivity such as implicit publication costs, the politics of fairness of equality, and the bias for quantity over quality.
    Keywords: Philippines, research culture, research incentives, research institutions
    Date: 2013

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