Negatively Correlated Author Seniority and the Number of Acknowledged People: Name-Recognition as a Signal of Scientific Merit?

Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 1234-1247, 2008

26 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2010

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Nathan Berg

University of Otago, Department of Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

Evidence from five general-interest journals in economics reveals an inverse relationship between author seniority and the number of colleagues whom authors choose to thank and acknowledge. The large seniority effect is insensitive to the inclusion of controls for the number of co-authors, number of pages, number of words in the title, and journal fixed effects. The data are consistent with the hypothesis that name-recognition is an important cue used by economists in evaluating scientific merit.

Keywords: Academic Networks, Economists, Economics of Science

JEL Classification: D03, Z13, A11, D85

Suggested Citation

Berg, Nathan, Negatively Correlated Author Seniority and the Number of Acknowledged People: Name-Recognition as a Signal of Scientific Merit? (January 1, 2008). Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 1234-1247, 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1677044

Nathan Berg (Contact Author)

University of Otago, Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, Otago 9016
New Zealand

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