The Impact of Economics Blogs

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David J. McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Berk Ozler

World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG)

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Date Written: August 1, 2011

Abstract

There is a proliferation of economics blogs, with increasing numbers of economists attracting large numbers of readers, yet little is known about the impact of this new medium. Using a variety of experimental and non-experimental techniques, this study quantifies some of their effects. First, links from blogs cause a striking increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Second, blogging raises the profile of the blogger (and his or her institution) and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records. Finally, a blog can transform attitudes about some of the topics it covers.

Keywords: Tertiary Education, E-Business, Economic Theory & Research, Information Security & Privacy, Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems

Suggested Citation

McKenzie, David J. and Ozler, Berk, The Impact of Economics Blogs (August 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5783. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1921739

David John McKenzie (Contact Author)

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Berk Ozler

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