nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2015‒08‒30
six papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Publish... and Perish! By Sylvie Chevrier
  2. The second generation of ecological economics: How far has the apple fallen from the tree? By Gaël Plumecocq
  3. On the Need for a Replication Journal By Zimmermann, Christian
  4. Beautiful Minds: The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics By Ghosh, Saibal
  5. Collaboration with and without Coauthorship: Rocket Science Versus Economic Science By William Barnett
  6. Moving Out Of Academic Research: Why Scientists Stop Doing Research? By Geuna, Aldo; Shibayama, Sotaro

  1. By: Sylvie Chevrier (IRG - Institut de Recherche en Gestion - UPEC UP12 - Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne - Paris 12 - UPEM - Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)
    Abstract: Does Academia's obsession with publishing in journals with the widest renown help the science of management advance? On the contrary, evaluating research by the number of highly cited publications estranges those who publish from research itself! Forms of research are defended herein that are closer to the subject of the study. Although they will not necessarily find a place as articles formatted for star journals, they allow for more innovation and creativity.
    Abstract: L'obsession du monde académique pour la rédaction d'articles dans les revues les mieux cotées fait-elle vraiment avancer les sciences de gestion? Nous soutenons au contraire que l'évaluation de la recherche à l'aune du nombre des "étoiles" des publications éloigne les "publiants" de la recherche! Nos défendrons dans cet article des formes de recherche plus proches des objets étudiés, des formes de recherche qui ne trouvent pas nécessairement leur place dans des articles formatés des revues, mais qui permettent davantage d'innovations et de créativité.
    Date: 2014–03
  2. By: Gaël Plumecocq (AGIR - AGrosystèmes et développement terrItoRial - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), LEREPS - Laboratoire d'Etude et de Recherche sur l'Economie, les Politiques et les Systèmes Sociaux - Institut d'Études Politiques [IEP] - Toulouse - UT1 - Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UTM - Université Toulouse 2 Le Mirail - École Nationale de Formation Agronomique - ENFA)
    Abstract: This paper examines the discourse produced in the academic journal Ecological Economics from its inception in 1989, and compares this discourse with that of the field of environmental economics. I used methods for discourse analysis (Alceste and Iramuteq) on 6,308 abstracts of papers published in four journals – namely Ecological Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental Values, and Environmental and Resource Economics, published between 1989 and 2013. The results suggest that the discourse of ecological economics and environmental economics have grown closer over time. The semantic classification of co-occurrent terms used in Ecological Economics indicates increasing significance of the notions of ecosystem services and of monetary valuation. I argue that this trend is parallel to Costanza’s career-path, which suggests the rise of a tacit recognition of the New Environmental Pragmatic scientific approach. I conclude with some of the implications for EE of promoting this kind of discourse to such an extent.
    Date: 2014
  3. By: Zimmermann, Christian (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
    Abstract: There is very little replication of research in economics, particularly compared with other sciences. This paper argues that there is a dire need for studies that replicate research, that their scarcity is due to poor or negative rewards for replicators, and that this could be improved with a journal that exclusively publishes replication studies. I then discuss how such a journal could be organized, in particular in the face of some negative rewards some replication studies may elicit.
    JEL: A1 B4
    Date: 2015–08–07
  4. By: Ghosh, Saibal
    Abstract: This is the time of the year when the decisions relating to the Nobel memorial prize in economics are announced. The study lists the earlier recipients and highlights certain interesting facets that could act as a guide for selecting potential recipients.
    Keywords: Nobel prize; Economics; Microeconomics; Macroeconomics
    JEL: A10 B31
    Date: 2014
  5. By: William Barnett (Department of Economics, The University of Kansas; Center for Financial Stability, New York City; IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin)
    Date: 2015–06
  6. By: Geuna, Aldo; Shibayama, Sotaro (University of Turin)
    Abstract: This study examines the determinants of exit from academic research which occurs when academic researchers move into positions in academe which concentrate on non-research activities such as teaching or administration, or when researchers leave academia and move into industry. Drawing on career data for 13,500 Japanese PhD graduates in hard sciences (all scientific fields except social sciences and humanities), we develop a set of econometric models to test the determinants of exit from a career in academic research. We find that academics’ scientific productivity and academic network are negatively correlated with abandoning a university research career, and that female academics, and researchers in less-prestigious universities, tend to exit academic research more easily. Individual and institutional network effects play a role mainly for senior researchers. The results indicate also that the determinants of exit are contingent on scientific field and career stage.
    Date: 2015–01

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