nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2014‒05‒09
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. What Drives Academic Data Sharing? By Benedikt Fecher; Sascha Friesike; Marcel Hebing
  2. Financial history and financial economics By Turner, John D.

  1. By: Benedikt Fecher; Sascha Friesike; Marcel Hebing
    Abstract: Despite widespread support from policy makers, funding agencies, and scientific journals, academic researchers rarely make their research data available to others. At the same time, data sharing in research is attributed a vast potential for scientific progress. It allows the reproducibility of study results and the reuse of old data for new research questions. Based on a systematic review of 98 scholarly papers and an empirical survey among 603 secondary data users, we develop a conceptual framework that explains the process of data sharing from the primary researcher’s point of view. We show that this process can be divided into six descriptive categories: Data donor, research organization, research community, norms, data infrastructure, and data recipients. Drawing from our findings, we discuss theoretical implications regarding knowledge creation and dissemination as well as research policy measures to foster academic collaboration. We conclude that research data cannot be regarded a knowledge commons, but research policies that better incentivize data sharing are needed to improve the quality of research results and foster scientific progress.
    Keywords: ratswd, ratswd working paper, Data Sharing, Academia, Systematic Review, Research Policy, Knowledge Commons, Crowd Science, Commons-based Peer Production
    JEL: C81 C82 D02 H41 L17 Z13
    Date: 2014
  2. By: Turner, John D.
    Abstract: This essay looks at the bidirectional relationship between financial history and financial economics. It begins by giving a brief history of financial economics by outlining the main topics of interest to financial economists. It then documents and explains the increasing influence of financial economics upon financial history, and warns of the dangers of applying financial economics unthinkingly to the study of financial history. The essay proceeds to highlight the many insights that financial history can potentially provide to financial economics. The main conclusion of the essay is that financial economics can potentially learn more from financial history than vice versa. --
    Keywords: financial economics,financial history,asset pricing,agency,corporate finance,behavioural finance,options
    JEL: G00 N01 N20
    Date: 2014

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