nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2017‒06‒18
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Alma Mat(t)er(s): Determinants of Early Career Success in Economics By Sascha Baghestanian; Sergey V. Popov
  2. The Brazilian scientific output published in journals: A study based on a large CV database By Perlin, Marcelo; Santos, André; Imasato, Takeyoshi; Borenstein, Denis; Da Silva, Sergio

  1. By: Sascha Baghestanian; Sergey V. Popov
    Abstract: We study 6000 author-publication observations to investigate predictors of early career success in six fields of Economics. To minimise the effects of ability heterogeneity on publication success chance, we concentrate on top researchers and focus on the start of their careers to minimise distortions from reputation feedback. The rank of an author’s Alma Mater turns out to be significant in 4 out of 6 subfields of Economics; first placement is significant only in one subfield. Numerically, our insights suggest that a counterfactual descent in the Alma Mater of a star author who graduated from a top 10 university by as little as 10 to 20 ranks, significantly reduces by 13 percentage points his probability of getting a top 5 publication. Lowering the ranking of his Alma Mater by another 80 ranks reduces his chances of getting a top publication by a factor of three.
    Keywords: Academia; Publishing; Journals; Alma Mater; Affiliation
    JEL: A11 I23 I24 J44
    Date: 2017–06
  2. By: Perlin, Marcelo; Santos, André; Imasato, Takeyoshi; Borenstein, Denis; Da Silva, Sergio
    Abstract: We assemble a massive sample of 180,000 CVs of Brazilian academic researchers of all disciplines from the Lattes platform. From the CVs we gather information on key variables related to the researchers and their publications. We find males are more productive in terms of quantity of publications, but the effect of gender in terms of research impact is mixed for individual groups of subject areas. Holding a PhD from abroad increases the chance for a researcher to publish in journals of higher impact, whereas domestic PhDs publish more articles, but in journals of less impact. Thus, there is a trade-off between quantity and research impact. We also find that the more years a researcher takes to finish his or her doctorate, the more likely he or she will publish less thereafter, although in outlets of higher impact. The data also support the existence of an inverted U-shaped function relating research age and productivity.
    Keywords: Lattes platform, scholarly publishing, scientific productivity, Brazilian researchers
    JEL: O3
    Date: 2017

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