nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2023‒02‒13
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Policy relevant, multidisciplinary, disruptive: What kind of research do economists want? By Peter Andre; Armin Falk
  2. Recent Trends in Economics Research in India: A Study on EPW Articles (2017-2021) By John, Raju
  3. Bad Science: Retractions and Media Coverage By Eleonora Alabrese

  1. By: Peter Andre (University of Bonn); Armin Falk (University of Bonn, briq)
    Abstract: Based on a global survey of almost 10, 000 academic economists, Peter Andre and Armin Falk explore what economists perceive to be worthwhile research in their discipline. Finding many economists think that economic research should become more policy relevant, multidisciplinary, and disruptive, and cover a more diverse range of research topics, they suggest that economics and economists would benefit from a more inclusive discussion of the direction in which the field is travelling.
    Date: 2021–09
  2. By: John, Raju
    Abstract: This paper tries to capture the recent trends and patterns in research on Economics in India. This is done by examining articles in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). EPW can be considered as the most popular and accessible journal in the domain of economics in India. Since it’s a weekly it has high frequency of publication. The latest four volumes of the journal are freely made available online, leading to high accessibility and readership. Authors across India publish articles on a wide variety of topics in EPW. Since the scope of the journal is not confined to any particular sub area of economics, examining the trends and patterns of economics research papers in EPW will give a wider view regarding the overall research trends. Higher journal ranking of EPW in indexes like Scopus further bolsters the selection of EPW as a sample for the enquiry. The findings of the same can be fairly generalized to comment on the overall trends on economics research in India.
    Keywords: EPW, origin characteristics, area characteristics, JEL system, COVID19, India, gender, organization
    JEL: A10
    Date: 2022
  3. By: Eleonora Alabrese
    Abstract: Flawed research can be harmful both within and outside of academia. Even when published research has been retracted and refuted by the scientific community, it may continue to be a source of misinformation. The media can play an important role in drawing broader attention to research, but may also ensure that research, once retracted, ceases to feature in popular discourse. Yet, there is little evidence on whether media reporting influences the retraction process and authors’ careers. Using a conditional difference-in-differences strategy, this paper shows that articles that gained popularity in the media at publication and were later retracted face heavy citation losses, while subsequent citations become more accurate. Further, authors of such papers see a permanent decline in research output. Lastly, the paper provides evidence that media can influence both the likelihood of retraction and its timing, highlighting that the media can play an important role in contributing to the integrity of the research process.
    Keywords: science, retractions, media coverage, misinformation, Altmetric, citations, career impact
    Date: 2022

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