nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2022‒08‒22
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Tactical Refereeing and Signaling by Publishing By Popov, Sergey V

  1. By: Popov, Sergey V (Cardiff Business School)
    Abstract: A peer review is used ubiquitously in hiring, promotional, and evaluation decisions, within academia and beyond. It is usually conducted to allocate limited resources, such as the budget of a funder or the pages of a journal. With limited capacity, a peer review may lead to negatively biased evaluations precisely because approving a peer’s worthy project lowers the chance that a referee’s own project will be approved. I show that limited capacity is inconsistent with a hypothesis that the decision-maker’s policy is to stimulate efforts, and I discuss possible decision-maker motivations that could lead to a limited capacity policy.
    Keywords: refereeing, peer review
    JEL: C78
    Date: 2022–07

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