nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2022‒04‒04
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Citations, funding and influence in Energy-Policy research on Developing Economies By Ali, M.; Couto, L. C.; Unsworth, S.; Debnath, R.
  2. Highest-ranked economics research institutions and authors in Vietnam by January 2022 By Le, Tam-Tri
  3. Paving the Road for Replications: Experimental Results from an Online Research Repository By Tom Coupé; W. Robert Reed; Christian Zimmerman

  1. By: Ali, M.; Couto, L. C.; Unsworth, S.; Debnath, R.
    Abstract: Energy research seeking to influence policy in low- and -middle-income countries (LMICs) is often funded by – and conceptualised by authors in - institutions from high-income countries (HICs). Research agendas and policy recommendations determined in HICs potentially yield the most influence on policymaking for LMICs. This leaves a multidimensional gap in how LMICs frame, contextualise, evidence and enact policy processes. The unique contribution of this paper is analysing the dynamics of prevalent energy research on LMICs through a multi-method approach using bibliometric, network science and regression-based techniques. An innovative data-driven framework was established using a sample of 6,636 papers from the Web of Science database, combined with journal impact data from Scimago Journal Ranking and country economic data from the World Bank. Results show the existence of a cycle of imbalances across research practices. Most papers recommending energy policy for LMICs have a first author based in a HIC, funded by a HIC institution. Total citations of articles on energy policy in LMICs increase with the GDP of the first author’s country (a 1% increase in GDP is correlated with a 0.68% increase in total citations). Funders support authors based in countries of the same income band as them, or higher. Therefore, we recommend revising research practices and HIC funding policies to place local actors and knowledge at the heart of energy policy research, enabling high-impact policymaking in LMICs.
    Keywords: developing countries, Energy policy, energy research, funding, science collaboration
    JEL: Q49 O39 I28
    Date: 2022–03–05
  2. By: Le, Tam-Tri
    Abstract: Highest-ranked economics research institutions and authors in Vietnam by January 2022
    Date: 2022–02–08
  3. By: Tom Coupé (University of Canterbury); W. Robert Reed (University of Canterbury); Christian Zimmerman
    Abstract: Are users of a bibliographic database interested in learning about replications? Can they be induced to learn? To answer these questions, we performed an experiment at the online research bibliography, RePEc (Research Papers in Economics). RePEc is the main research bibliography for pre-prints and published papers in economics. Using randomized stratification, we allocated 324 replications and their corresponding original studies to clusters. We then drew from those clusters to construct treatment and control groups. Brightly colored tabs were added to the relevant webpages to alert visitors to the existence of a replication study. We then monitored traffic over three phases lasting several months: a) no treatment, b) treatment on one group, c) treatment on both groups. Our estimates indicate that this intervention generated an average click-through-rate (CTR) of 1.6%, resulting in a 13% increase in the visits to replication webpages, though only the former estimate was statistically significant.
    Keywords: Replications, RePEc, Experiment, Online Research Bibliography, Webpages, Click-throughs
    JEL: A11 B41 Z00
    Date: 2022–02–01

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