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Role Modesl in Finance: Lessons from Life Cycle Productivity of Prolific Scholars


Raj Aggarwal


University of Akron - Department of Finance

David Schirm


John Carroll University - Boler School of Business

Xinlei Shelly Zhao


Office of the Currency Comptroller - Risk Analysis Division; Kent State University - Department of Finance


Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
This paper examines the nature of lifecycle intellectual contributions (publication productivity and quality) of prolific scholars in finance, i.e., those that have published twelve or more scholarly papers in finance journals. Like other scholars, their productivity increases dramatically in the years before tenure and early success seems to be a useful forecast of future quality and quantity of publications. However, unlike the average finance Ph.D., these role models begin publishing earlier and they maintain a high level of productivity over long periods with productivity appearing to decline only slightly after tenure. Further, there is increasing tendency to publish with co-authors and there is high concentration of these prolific scholars especially at the five top-rated finance journals. Our findings have important implications for aspiring new finance professors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: Scholarly Publishing, Finance Careers, Role Models, Lotka's Power Law, Academic Life Cycles

JEL Classification: A10

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Date posted: August 25, 2006  

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Aggarwal, Raj and Schirm, David and Zhao, Xinlei Shelly, Role Modesl in Finance: Lessons from Life Cycle Productivity of Prolific Scholars. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=926397 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.926397

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Raj Aggarwal (Contact Author)
University of Akron - Department of Finance ( email )
Akron, OH 44325-4803
United States
330-972-2780 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.uakron.edu/colleges/cba/facultylist/a/aggarwal.php
David C. Schirm
John Carroll University - Boler School of Business ( email )
University Heights, OH 44118-4581
United States
Xinlei Zhao
Office of the Currency Comptroller - Risk Analysis Division ( email )
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219
United States
Kent State University - Department of Finance ( email )
College of Business Administration
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
United States
330-672-1213 (Phone)
330-672-9806 (Fax)
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