nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2023‒05‒29
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Why Do Older Scholars Slow Down? By Daniel S. Hamermesh; Lea-Rachel Kosnik

  1. By: Daniel S. Hamermesh; Lea-Rachel Kosnik
    Abstract: Using data describing all “Top 5” economics journal publications from 1969-2018, we examine what determines which authors produce less as they age and which retire earlier. Sub-field has no impact on the rate of production, but interacts with it to alter retirement probabilities. A positive, tentative, and contemporary writing style increases persistence in publishing. Authors whose previous work was more heavily cited produce slightly more. Those better-cited with more top-flight publications retire later than others. Declining publication with age arises mostly from habit—there is a very significant increasing positive autocorrelation of publication across the decades of a career.
    JEL: A14 J26
    Date: 2023–04

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