Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1927126
 


 



Viral Economics: An Epidemiological Model of Knowledge Diffusion in Economics


Nicole Gurley


Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Daniel K. N. Johnson


Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

September 14, 2011


Abstract:     
We model the diffusion of economic knowledge using an epidemiological model of susceptible, exposed, infected, and recovered populations (SEIR). Treating bibliographic citations as evidence of contagion, we estimate the coefficients of a four-equation system simultaneously for each of 759 subfields of economics. Results show that some subfields grow endogenously much faster than others, and just over half have basic reproduction properties sufficient to ensure survival without the annual addition of new protégé scholars.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: knowledge, diffusion, epidemiology, economics

JEL Classification: O3, A14, B2, I2

working papers series


Download This Paper

Date posted: September 15, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Gurley, Nicole and Johnson, Daniel K. N., Viral Economics: An Epidemiological Model of Knowledge Diffusion in Economics (September 14, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1927126 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1927126

Contact Information

Nicole Gurley
Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
Daniel Kent Neil Johnson (Contact Author)
Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
719-389-6654 (Phone)
719-389-6927 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://faculty1.coloradocollege.edu/~djohnson
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 943
Downloads: 106
Download Rank: 150,164
Paper comments
No comments have been made on this paper

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo7 in 0.313 seconds