nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2016‒01‒29
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Most Central of Them All? By Co-Pierre Georg and Michael E. Rose

  1. By: Co-Pierre Georg and Michael E. Rose
    Abstract: In academia, informal collaboration is an integral element in the production of knowledge. We construct the social network of informal collaboration using acknowledgments of 2782 scholarly articles published in six journals in financial economics. We rank financial economists according to their centrality in the network and find that central commenters are not necessarily the most central or the most productive authors. We explore the determinants of high centrality rankings using detailed CV data for the most central academics. A PhD from a better ranked department is associated with a better centrality ranking. Seniority is associated with worse rankings, albeit at a decreasing rate.
    Keywords: Knowledge production, formal collaboration, informal collaboration, social network, acknowledgements
    Date: 2016

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