The Effects of Publication Lags on Life‐Cycle Research Productivity in Economics

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John P. Conley

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Mario J. Crucini

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Robert A. Driskill

Vanderbilt University

Alisina Önder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

We investigate how increases in publication delays have affected the life cycle of publications of recent Ph.D. graduates in economics. We construct a panel dataset of 14,271 individuals who were awarded Ph.D.s between 1986 and 2000 in U.S. and Canadian economics departments. For this population of scholars, we amass complete records of publications in peer‐reviewed journals listed in the JEL (a total of 368,672 observations). We find evidence of significantly diminished productivity in recent relative to earlier cohorts when productivity of an individual is measured by the number of AER‐equivalent publications. Diminished productivity is less evident when the number of AER‐equivalent pages is used instead. Our findings are consistent with earlier empirical findings of increasing editorial delays, decreasing acceptance rates at journals, and a trend toward longer manuscripts. This decline in productivity is evident in both graduates of top 30 and non‐top 30 ranked economics departments and may have important implications for what should constitute a tenurable record. We also find that the research rankings of top economics departments are a surprisingly poor predictor of the subsequent research rankings of their Ph.D.s graduates.

JEL Classification: A11, J24, J29, J44

Suggested Citation

Conley, John P. and Crucini, Mario J. and Driskill, Robert A. and Önder, Alisina, The Effects of Publication Lags on Life‐Cycle Research Productivity in Economics (April 2013). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 1251-1276, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2012.00480.x

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