Citation Success Over Time: Theory or Empirics?

11 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2012

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David W. Johnston

Monash University

Marco Piatti

Queensland University of Technology

Benno Torgler

Queensland University of Technology; CREMA; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Date Written: August 6, 2012

Abstract

This study investigates the citation patterns of theoretical and empirical papers over a period of almost 30 years, while also exploring the determinants of citation success. The results indicate that empirical papers attract more citation success than theoretical studies. However, the pattern over time is very similar with yearly mean citations peaking after around 4 years. Moreover, among empirical papers it appears that the cross-country studies are more successful than single country studies focusing on North America data or other regions.

Keywords: citations, theory, empirics, cross-country, North America

JEL Classification: A11, B40, C0, N01, Z0

Suggested Citation

Johnston, David W. and Piatti, Marco and Torgler, Benno, Citation Success Over Time: Theory or Empirics? (August 6, 2012). FEEM Working Paper No. 55.2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2124950 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2124950

Marco Piatti

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Australia

Benno Torgler (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

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Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

CREMA

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Basel
Zurich, CH 8006
Switzerland

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

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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