The Impact of Economics Blogs
David J. McKenzie
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG)
August 1, 2011
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5783
There is a proliferation of economics blogs, with increasing numbers of economists attracting large numbers of readers, yet little is known about the impact of this new medium. Using a variety of experimental and non-experimental techniques, this study quantifies some of their effects. First, links from blogs cause a striking increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Second, blogging raises the profile of the blogger (and his or her institution) and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records. Finally, a blog can transform attitudes about some of the topics it covers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Keywords: Tertiary Education, E-Business, Economic Theory & Research, Information Security & Privacy, Agricultural Knowledge & Information Systems
Date posted: September 3, 2011
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