nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2018‒05‒21
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Sorting and agglomeration economies in French economics departments By Clément Bosquet; Pierre-Philippe Combes
  2. International Presence of the Japanese Study of Russian and East European Economies By Iwasaki, Ichiro

  1. By: Clément Bosquet (Spatial Economic Research Center); Pierre-Philippe Combes (Département d'économie)
    Abstract: Are agglomeration and peer effects at stake in academic research? To tackle this question, we study how departments’ characteristics affect the quantity and quality of academics’ publications in economics in France, controlling for individual time-varying characteristics and individual fixed effects. Department characteristics have an explanatory power at least equal to a quarter of that of individual characteristics and possibly as high as theirs. The quantity and quality of an academic’s publications in a field increase with the presence of other academics specialised in that field and with the share of the department’s publications output in that field. In contrast, department size, proximity to other large departments, homogeneity in terms of publication performance, presence of colleagues with connections abroad, and composition in terms of positions and age matter for some publication measures but only if not controlling for individual fixed effects.
    Keywords: Research productivity; Local externalities; Skill sorting; Peer effects; Knowledge spillovers; Co-author networks; Economics of science
    JEL: R23 J24 I23
    Date: 2017–09
  2. By: Iwasaki, Ichiro
    Abstract: In this article, I examine the oversea activities of Japanese researchers in the field of Russian and East European economic studies based on objective data and offer several suggestions for improving their presence in the international academic community. The presence of Japanese scholars of Russian and East European economies as measured by the number of relevant articles published in international journals is still marginal at best, despite their high participation rates in academic conferences abroad. This may partly be due to the fact that many Japanese researchers are not effectively utilizing available international resources. Furthermore, although many of the works produced by Japanese experts have important implications in the research field, only a handful of them are submitted to international journals. In this and many other respects, there is still much room for enhancing the international status of the Japanese study of Russian and East European economies.
    Keywords: Japanese Study of Russian and East European Economies, Methodological Change, World Congress of Comparative Economics, International Publications
    JEL: D22 P20 P30 P51 P21 P31
    Date: 2018–04

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