nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2022‒03‒21
four papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Networks in Population Economics: production and collaborations By Molina, José Alberto; Iñíguez, David; Ruiz, Gonzalo; Tarancón, Alfonso
  2. Article Processing Charges, Altmetrics and Citation Impact: Is there an economic rationale? By Abdelghani Maddi; David Sapinho
  3. Global dynamics and country-level development in academic economics: An explorative cognitive-bibliometric study By Aigner, Ernest
  4. Statistical Uncertainty in the Ranking of Journals and Universities By Magne Mogstad; Joseph P. Romano; Azeem Shaikh; Daniel Wilhelm

  1. By: Molina, José Alberto; Iñíguez, David; Ruiz, Gonzalo; Tarancón, Alfonso
    Abstract: Population Economics (PopEc) covers a number of topics in Economics, as well as in Demography, Labor Studies, Sociology, etc. For example, the economic determinants of population change and demographic behavior covers topics such as household formation, marriage and divorce, fertility, gender, child bearing, schooling, access to labor markets, migration, well-being, and ageing and mortality, among others. In this paper, we analyze the production and networks of a total of 6,472 authors who have published 5,070 papers in Population Journals (indexed in SSCI of WOS) between January 1969 and January 2021 (Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Feminist Economics, the Review of Economics of the Household, the Journal of Demographic Economics, Demography, Population and Development Review, and the European Journal of Population). Using the Impact Factor (IF) of these journals corresponding to the year of publication, our results first identify the academic leaders among those authors, as well as other results in terms of communities. Results reveal that the largest community is led by the sociologist Trude Lappegard, with the community led by the economist Hans-Peter Kohler as a close second. The latter community includes the most prolific author, the economist Samuel H. Preston. Additionally, we note that collaborations among these authors are very rare, with only their neighborhoods collaborating.
    Keywords: Population Economists,Impact factor,Leaders and co-authorship,Research production,Complex networks
    JEL: A11 C45
    Date: 2022
  2. By: Abdelghani Maddi (HCERES - Haut Conseil de l'Evaluation de la Recherche et de l'Enseignement Supérieur); David Sapinho
    Abstract: The present study aims to analyze 1) the relationship between Citation Normalized Score of scientific publications and Article Processing Charges (APCs) of Gold Open Access (OA) publications 2) the determinants of APCs. To do so, we used APCs information provided by the OpenAPC database, citation scores of publications from the WoS database and, for Altmetrics, data from database, over the period from 2006 to 2019 for 83,752 articles published in 4751 journals belonging to 267 distinct publishers. Results show that contrary to common belief, paying high APCs does not necessarily increase the impact of publications. First, large publishers with high impact are not the most expensive. Second, publishers with the highest APCs are not necessarily the best in terms of impact. Correlation between APCs and impact is moderate. Regarding the determinants, results indicate that APCs are on average 50% higher in hybrid journals than in full OA journals. The results also suggest that Altmetrics do not have a great impact: OA articles that have garnered the most attention on internet are articles with relatively low APCs. Another interesting result is that the "number of readers" indicator is more effective as it is more correlated with classic bibliometrics indicators than the Altmetrics score.
    Keywords: Article Processing Charges,Citation impact,Altmetrics,publisher,Open Access,bibliometric indicators
    Date: 2022
  3. By: Aigner, Ernest
    Abstract: The structure of academic economics has received a fair amount of attention within and beyond the discipline. Less focus has been given the interdependencies of country and global dynamics. Building and advancing this tradition, this explorative study examines geographic variation and country specific developments in research practices in academic economics. More specifically I investigate the interdependencies of global dynamics with country-level developments in the US, Germany, UK, France, Switzerland and Austria. To that purpose the study investigates a large-scale data set using inequality measures and social network analysis. The dataset analysed in this study comprises 453,863 articles published in 477 journals citing each other a total of 3,807,289 times. This exploratory study confirms the high level of concentration and finds similar trends on the country level. Further, an international convergence in the discipline can be observed, possibly limiting the place-specific relevance of knowledge created in academic economics.
    Keywords: economic sociology, academic economics, citation analysis, heterodox economics, concentration, geography of economics
    Date: 2021
  4. By: Magne Mogstad; Joseph P. Romano; Azeem Shaikh; Daniel Wilhelm
    Abstract: Economists are obsessed with rankings of institutions, journals, or scholars according to the value of some feature of interest. These rankings are invariably computed using estimates rather than the true values of such features. As a result, there may be considerable uncertainty concerning the ranks. In this paper, we consider the problem of accounting for such uncertainty by constructing confidence sets for the ranks. We consider both the problem of constructing marginal confidence sets for the rank of, say, a particular journal as well as simultaneous confidence sets for the ranks of all journals. We apply these confidence sets to draw inferences about uncertainty in the ranking of economics journals and universities by impact factors.
    JEL: A0 C12
    Date: 2022–02

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