The Benefits of Being Economics Professor A (and Not Z)
Mirjam Van Praag
University of Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Copenhagen Business School; Tinbergen Institute; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
B.M.S. Van Praag
University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2673
CESifo Working Paper No. 1948
Jena Economic Research Paper No. 2007-004
Alphabetic name ordering on multi-authored academic papers, which is the convention in the economics discipline and various other disciplines, is to the advantage of people whose last name initials are placed early in the alphabet. As it turns out, Professor A, who has been a first author more often than Professor Z, will have published more articles and experienced a faster growth rate over the course of her career as a result of reputation and visibility. Moreover, authors know that name ordering matters and indeed take ordering seriously: Several characteristics of an author group composition determine the decision to deviate from the default alphabetic name order to a significant extent.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: performance measurement, incentives, economists, name ordering
JEL Classification: A11, A14, J32, J44
Date posted: April 3, 2007
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