nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2023‒04‒10
four papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. The role of gender and coauthors in academic publication behavior By Schmal, W. Benedikt; Haucap, Justus; Knoke, Leon
  2. Is economics self-correcting? Replications in the American Economic Review By Ankel-Peters, Jörg; Fiala, Nathan; Neubauer, Florian
  3. in brief... Women economists benefit when seminars go online By Marcus Biermann
  4. Most cited papers - Economics and Business Letters (March 2023) By Letters, Economics and Business

  1. By: Schmal, W. Benedikt; Haucap, Justus; Knoke, Leon
    Abstract: We use the negotiations for large-scale open-access agreements between German research institutions and leading academic publishers to study how changes in the attractiveness of various journals affect the publication behavior of researchers in economics and adjacent fields. First, as German universities canceled their subscriptions to Elsevier, we study how this affected German economists' incentives to publish in its journals. Second, Springer and Wiley entered into open-access agreements so that researchers in Germany are eligible to publish articles open-access without additional charges for them. Using 243, 757 articles published between 2015 and 2022, we find a shift toward included journals, which is most pronounced among women. For Elsevier, the effect is negative and women have a higher tendency to opt out than men. In mixed teams, the dominant gender drives behavior. We conclude that men tend to seek reputation, women visibility. Thereby, female researchers contribute more to the public good of open science. Our findings provide a new explanatory channel of the academic gender gap.
    Keywords: academic publishing, journal choice, gender differences, DEAL, Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley, transformative agreements
    JEL: A14 I23 J16 L86 Z11
    Date: 2023
  2. By: Ankel-Peters, Jörg; Fiala, Nathan; Neubauer, Florian
    Abstract: Replication and constructive controversy are essential for scientific progress. This paper reviews the impact of all replications published as comments in the American Economic Review between 2010 and 2020. We investigate the citation rates of comments and whether a comment affects its original paper's citation rates. We find that most comments are barely cited, and they have no impact on the original papers' subsequent citations. This finding holds for original papers for which the comment diagnoses a substantive problem. We conclude from these citation patterns that replications do not update the economics literature. In an online opinion survey, we elicited viewpoints of both comment authors and original authors and find that in most cases, there is no consensus regarding the replication's success and to what extent the original paper's contribution sustains. This resonates with the conventional wisdom that robustness and replicability are hard to define in economics.
    Keywords: Replication, citations, meta-science
    JEL: A11 A14
    Date: 2023
  3. By: Marcus Biermann
    Abstract: The rise in working from home and the fall in business travel during the pandemic prompted a huge increase in remote meetings. Marcus Biermann looks at who benefitted from the shift to online research seminars in economics.
    Keywords: Covid-19, Technological change, equality
    Date: 2022–10–20
  4. By: Letters, Economics and Business
    Abstract: Most cited papers according to the Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science databases for Economics and Business Letters (as of March 2023). Articles published from 2012 to 2022.
    Date: 2023–03–14

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