The Impact of Economics Blogs

37 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2011

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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: September 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, we try to quantify 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 institution) and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records. Finally, we find that a blog can transform attitudes about some of the topics it covers.

Keywords: blog, dissemination, impact evaluation, influence

JEL Classification: A11, A23

Suggested Citation

McKenzie, David John and Ozler, Berk, The Impact of Economics Blogs (September 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8558. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1928441

David John McKenzie (Contact Author)

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Berk Ozler

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