nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2020‒05‒04
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Classifying top economists using archetypoid analysis By Wohlrabe, Klaus; Gralka, Sabine Marlene
  2. On the Influence of Top Journals By Lorenzo Ductor; Sanjeev Goyal; Marco J. van der Leij; Gustavo Nicolas Paez
  3. Article length and citation outcomes By Syed Hasan; Robert Breunig

  1. By: Wohlrabe, Klaus; Gralka, Sabine Marlene
    Abstract: Updating the study by Seiler and Wohlrabe (2013) we use archetypoid analysis to classify top economists. The approach allows us to identify typical characteristics of extreme (archetypal) values in a multivariate data set. In contrast to its predecessor, the archetypal analysis, archetypoids always represent actual observed units in the data. Using bibliometric data from 776 top economists we identify four archetypoids. These types represent solid, low, top and diligent performer. Each economist is assigned to one or more of these archetypoids.
    Keywords: Archetypoid analysis,Classification,RePEc,economists
    JEL: C38 I21 I23
    Date: 2020
  2. By: Lorenzo Ductor (University of Granada); Sanjeev Goyal (Columbia University); Marco J. van der Leij (University of Amsterdam); Gustavo Nicolas Paez (Myanmar Development Institute)
    Abstract: We study the evolution of the influence of journals over the period 1970-2017. In the early 1970's, a number of journals had similar influence, but by 1995, the `Top 5' journals, QJE, AER, RES, Econometrica, and JPE, had acquired a major lead. This dominance has remained more or less unchanged since 1995. To place these developments in a broader context, we also study trends in sociology. The trends there have gone the other way; the field journals rose in influence, relative to the Top General journals. A model of journals as platforms is developed to understand these trends across time and across disciplines.
    Keywords: research impact, Top 5 journals, academic publishing, citations
    JEL: A14 D85
    Date: 2020–04–19
  3. By: Syed Hasan (School of Economics and Finance, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand); Robert Breunig (Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Australia)
    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

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