nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2020‒05‒11
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Geographical Concentration and Editorial Favoritism within the Field of Laboratory Experimental Economics (RM/19/029-revised-) By Cloos, Janis; Greiff, Matthias; Rusch, Hannes
  2. German economics: Its current form and content By Urban, Janina; Rommel, Florian

  1. By: Cloos, Janis; Greiff, Matthias; Rusch, Hannes (RS: GSBE other - not theme-related research, General Economics 1 (Micro))
    Abstract: We examine geographical concentration, scientific quality, and editorial favoritism in the field of experimental economics. We use a novel data set containing all original research papers ( NÂ = 596) that exclusively used laboratory experiments for data generation and were published in the American Economic Review, Experimental Economics, or the Journal of the European Economic Association between 1998 and 2018. The development of geographical concentration is examined using data on authors' affiliations at the time of the respective publication. Results show that research output produced by US-affiliated economists increased slower than overall research output, leading to a decrease in geographical concentration. Several proxies for scientific quality indicate that experiments conducted in Europe are of higher quality than experiments conducted in North America: European experiments rely on a larger total number of participants as well as participants per treatment, and receive more citations compared to experiments conducted in North America. Examining laboratory experiments published in the AER more closely, we find that papers authored by economists with US-affiliations receive significantly fewer citations in the first 5 and 10 years after publication compared to papers by authors from the rest of the world.
    JEL: A11 A14 C90 I23
    Date: 2020–05–06
  2. By: Urban, Janina; Rommel, Florian
    Abstract: This paper provides a systematic assessment of academic economics teaching, research and policy advice in Germany. It assembles recent empirical studies and contributes by presenting their main findings in a comprehensible manner as well as contextualizing them in the current economic and methodological discourses. As most studies are only available in German this paper also contributes by making these findings accessible to the international debate on the special characteristics of economics as a discipline.
    Keywords: Economics Education,Economics Research,Pluralism,Mainstream Pluralism,German Economics
    JEL: A11 A14 A22 A23 B41
    Date: 2020

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