Is Peer Review in Decline?

23 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2011

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Glenn Ellison

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been a decline in the fraction of papers in top economics journals written by economists from the highest‐ranked economics departments. This paper documents this fact and uses additional data on publications and citations to assess various potential explanations. Several observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the Internet improves the ability of high‐profile authors to disseminate their research without going through the traditional peer‐review process.

JEL Classification: A14, O30

Suggested Citation

Ellison, Glenn David, Is Peer Review in Decline? (July 2011). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 635-657, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1874501 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2010.00261.x

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