nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2022‒10‒17
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Temporal Patterns in Economics Research By Andrei Dubovik; Clemens Fiedler; Alexei Parakhonyak
  2. An Assessment Tool for Academic Research Managers in the Third World By Fernando Delbianco; Andres Fioriti; Fernando Tohm\'e

  1. By: Andrei Dubovik (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis); Clemens Fiedler; Alexei Parakhonyak (University of Oxford)
    Abstract: We study the duration of topics in economics research by looking at how much time passes between publication of textually similar papers. Using the corpus of abstracts of economics papers, as available from the RePEc dataset, we find that most papers match to papers from the same year, indicating strong common trends in the economics literature. Nevertheless, matches as long as 14 years apart are statistically significant, suggesting there are topics that last as long. Finally, the average duration of a match has dropped from around 4 years during 1990–2005 to about 1 year starting in 2010.
    JEL: A14 B20 Z13
    Date: 2022–09
  2. By: Fernando Delbianco; Andres Fioriti; Fernando Tohm\'e
    Abstract: The academic evaluation of the publication record of researchers is relevant for identifying talented candidates for promotion and funding. A key tool for this is the use of the indexes provided by Web of Science and SCOPUS, costly databases that sometimes exceed the possibilities of academic institutions in many parts of the world. We show here how the data in one of the bases can be used to infer the main index of the other one. Methods of data analysis used in Machine Learning allow us to select just a few of the hundreds of variables in a database, which later are used in a panel regression, yielding a good approximation to the main index in the other database. Since the information of SCOPUS can be freely scraped from the Web, this approach allows to infer for free the Impact Factor of publications, the main index used in research assessments around the globe.
    Date: 2022–09

This nep-sog issue is ©2022 by Jonas Holmström. It is provided as is without any express or implied warranty. It may be freely redistributed in whole or in part for any purpose. If distributed in part, please include this notice.
General information on the NEP project can be found at For comments please write to the director of NEP, Marco Novarese at <>. Put “NEP” in the subject, otherwise your mail may be rejected.
NEP’s infrastructure is sponsored by the School of Economics and Finance of Massey University in New Zealand.