Life Cycle and Cohort Productivity in Economic Research: The Case of Germany

46 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2007

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Michael Rauber

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics

Heinrich W. Ursprung

University of Konstanz; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

We examine the research productivity of German academic economists over their life cycles. It turns out that the career-patterns of research productivity as measured by journal publications are characterized by marked cohort effects. Moreover, the life-cycles of younger German economists are hump-shaped and closely resemble the life cycles identified for U.S. economists, whereas the life-cycles of older German economists are much flatter. Finally, we find that not only productivity, but also research quality follows distinct life cycles. Our study employs econometric techniques that are likely to produce estimates that are more trustworthy than previous estimates.

Keywords: research productivity, life cycles, cohort effects

JEL Classification: A14, J24

Suggested Citation

Rauber, Michael and Ursprung, Heinrich, Life Cycle and Cohort Productivity in Economic Research: The Case of Germany (September 2007). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2093. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1016955

Michael Rauber

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics ( email )

Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

Heinrich Ursprung (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Konstanz, D-78457
Germany
+49 7531 88 3713 (Phone)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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