nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2016‒06‒25
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Co-authorship and Academic Productivity in Economics: Interaction Maps from the Complex Networks Approach By José Alberto Molina; Alberto Alcolea; Alfredo Ferrer; Alberto Alcolea; David Iñiguez; Alejandro Rivero; Gonzalo Ruiz; Alfonso Tarancón
  2. Pirated Economics By Babutsidze, Zakaria
  3. "Why has economics turned out this way?": A socio-economic note on the explanation of monism in economics By Heise, Arne

  1. By: José Alberto Molina (Departamento de Análisis Económico, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad de Zaragoza; IZA); Alberto Alcolea (Kampal Data Solutions S.L.); Alfredo Ferrer (Instituto de Biocomputación y Fisica de Sistemas Complejos (BIFI), Zaragoza); Alberto Alcolea (Kampal Data Solutions S.L.); David Iñiguez (Fundación ARAID, Diputación General de Aragón, Zaragoza); Alejandro Rivero (Instituto de Biocomputación y Fisica de Sistemas Complejos (BIFI), Zaragoza); Gonzalo Ruiz (Instituto de Biocomputación y Fisica de Sistemas Complejos (BIFI), Zaragoza); Alfonso Tarancón (Departamento de Física Teórica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Zaragoza)
    Abstract: We explore the relationship between collaborations in writing papers and the academic productivity of economists and, particularly, we describe the magnitude and intensity of co-authorship among economists. To that end, we employ interaction maps from Complex Systems methods to study the global properties of specific networks. We use 8,253 JCR papers from ISI-WOK, published by 5,188 economists from Spanish institutions, and their co-authors, up to 8,202 researchers, from 2002 to 2014, to identify and determine the collaborative structure of economics research in Spain, with its primary communities and figures of influence. Our results indicate that centrality and productivity are correlated, particularly with respect to a local estimator of centrality (page rank), and we provide certain recommendations, such as promoting interactions among highly productive authors who have few co-authors with other researchers in their environment, or recommending that authors who may be well-positioned but minimally productive strive to improve their productivity.
    Keywords: Co-authorship, Academic productivity, Economists, Interaction maps, Complex networks
    JEL: A11 C45 C63 D85 I23 Y91
    Date: 2016–06–01
  2. By: Babutsidze, Zakaria
    Abstract: We examine the data from illegal downloads of economics content from Sci-Hub over five-month period. The most pirated economics articles and the most pirated economics journals are identified. We analyze the contribution of this particular piracy engine toward open science (economics). We conclude that economics is benefitting from Sci-Hub: (a) as downloads are not pervasive, publishers are not losing much revenues; (b) as downloads are coming mostly from under-developed countries, the exposure to generated knowledge in the discipline has been extended.
    Keywords: Sci-Hub, Piracy, Economics
    JEL: A1
    Date: 2016–06–02
  3. By: Heise, Arne
    Abstract: The economic science has - lamented by some, applauded by others - turned into a monistic discipline. In this short research note, a socio-economic answer to the question of why this happened is provided by combining an economic approach to the market for economic ideas with a sociological approach of a scientific (power) field.
    Keywords: Pluralism,Monism,Standardization,Regulation
    JEL: B59 D43 I23 L15 Z13
    Date: 2016

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