nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2014‒07‒28
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Publish or Perish: An Analysis of the Academic Job Market in Italy By Daniele Checchi; Gianni De Fraja; Stefano Verzillo
  2. The Coauthorship Network Analysis of the BI Norwegian Business School By Belik, Ivan; Jörnsten, Kurt
  3. Open Access to Research Data: Strategic Delay and the Ambiguous Welfare Effects of Mandatory Data Disclosure By Frank Mueller-Langer; Patrick Andreoli-Versbach

  1. By: Daniele Checchi; Gianni De Fraja; Stefano Verzillo
    Abstract: We derive a theoretical model of effort in the presence of career concern based on the multi-unit all-pay auction, and closely inspired by the Italian academic market. In this model, the number of applicants, the number of new posts, and the relative importance of the determinants of promotion determine academics' effort. Because of the specific characteristics of Italian universities, where incentives operate only through promotion, and where all appointment panels are drawn from strictly separated and relatively narrow scientific sectors, the model fits well Italian academia, and we test it in a newly constructed dataset which collects the journal publications of all Italian academics working in universities. We find that individual researchers respond to incentives in the manner predicted by the theoretical model: more capable researchers respond to increases in the importance of the measurable determinants of promotion and in the competitiveness of the scientific sector by exerting more effort; less able researchers do the opposite.
    Keywords: Career concerns, Applied auction theory, Publications, Academic job market, Nepotism JEL Numbers: D44, I23, I21, M51
    Date: 2014–07
  2. By: Belik, Ivan (Dept. of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics); Jörnsten, Kurt (Dept. of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics)
    Abstract: We construct the coauthorship network based on the scientific collaboration between the faculty members at the Norwegian Business School (BI) and based on their international academic publication experience. The network structure is based on the BI faculties’ publications recognized by the ISI Web of Science for the period 1950 – Spring, 2014. The given network covers the publication activities of the BI faculty members (over eight departments) based on the information retrieved from the ISI Web of Science in Spring, 2014. In this paper we analyse the constructed coauthorship network in different aspects of the theory of social networks analysis.
    Keywords: Coauthorship networks; social networks analysis
    JEL: Z13
    Date: 2014–07–09
  3. By: Frank Mueller-Langer; Patrick Andreoli-Versbach
    Abstract: Mandatory data disclosure is an essential feature for credible empirical work but comes at a cost: First, authors might invest less in data generation if they are not the full residual claimants of their data after their first publication. Second, authors might "strategically delay" the time of submission of papers in order to fully exploit their data in subsequent research. We analyze a three-stage model of publication and data disclosure. We derive exact conditions for positive welfare effects of mandatory data disclosure. However, we find that the transition to mandatory data disclosure has negative welfare properties if authors delay strategically.
    Keywords: ratswd, ratswd working paper, Data disclosure policy, strategic delay, welfare effects
    JEL: B40 C80 L59
    Date: 2014

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