nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2020‒04‒13
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Can Mentoring Help Female Assistant Professors in Economics? An Evaluation by Randomized Trial By Donna K. Ginther; Janet Currie; Francine D. Blau; Rachel Croson
  2. Article Length and Citation Outcomes By Hasan, Syed; Breunig, Robert
  3. Economic Incentives and the Quality of Return Migrant Scholars: The Impact of China's Thousand Young Talents Program By Jia, Ning; Fleisher, Belton M.

  1. By: Donna K. Ginther; Janet Currie; Francine D. Blau; Rachel Croson
    Abstract: Women continue to be underrepresented in academic ranks in the economics profession. The Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economics Association established the CeMENT mentoring workshop to support women in research careers. The program was designed as a randomized controlled trial. This study evaluates differences between the treatment and control groups in career outcomes. Results indicate that relative to women in the control group, treated women are more likely to stay in academia and more likely to have received tenure in an institution ranked in the top 30 or 50 in economics in the world.
    JEL: A11 J7
    Date: 2020–03
  2. By: Hasan, Syed (Massey University); Breunig, Robert (Australian National University)
    Abstract: We examine whether there is any causal effect of article length on citation. Focusing on articles published between 2010 and 2014 in the top five journals in economics and their citation count in Google Scholar, we find that a one per cent increase in page length generates a 0.55 per cent increase in the number of citations. A small survey of economists suggests that this effect may be a result of longer articles containing both theory and empirical elements. We interpret our result as a causal estimate conditional on average quality per page.
    Keywords: article length, Google Scholar, citations, economics
    JEL: A14
    Date: 2020–03
  3. By: Jia, Ning (Central University of Finance and Economics); Fleisher, Belton M. (Ohio State University)
    Abstract: We study the effect of the Thousand Young Talents Program (TYTP) on the academic quality of return migrant scientists to China. Using a unique dataset of the top Chinese mathematics departments' new hires, we find that the program leads to considerable increases in measures of their educational background and research productivity. The effects are concentrated in the elite C9 league, where the proportion of hires who received PhD degrees from top-50 overseas mathematics departments increased nearly four times after the initiation of the program. The data also reveal large and statistically significant increases in weighted pre-hire publications and weighted citations to pre-hire publications under the program. However, it appears that research output of previously hired faculty members declined after the introduction of TYTP hires, suggesting minimal or even negative impact of TYTP on faculty colleagues' academic achievements.
    Keywords: migration, scientific research, R&D policy
    JEL: J61 O31 O38
    Date: 2020–03

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