Job Mobility, Peer Effects, and Research Productivity in Economics

KOF Working Papers No. 342

38 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2013

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Thomas Bolli

ETH Zurich; ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute

Jörg Schläpfer

ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute

Date Written: September 13, 2013

Abstract

Analysing a comprehensive panel dataset of economists working at Austrian, German, and Swiss universities, we investigate how the local environment influences a scientist’s research productivity. The research environment varies if a scientist joins another department or if the characteristics of his colleagues change. We find no influence of the research environment on the average researcher’s productivity, if we control for individual characteristics. This result indicates that with today’s communication technologies spillovers are not bounded locally.

Keywords: University, economics, productivity, mobility, peer effects, bibliometrics

JEL Classification: I23, J62

Suggested Citation

Bolli, Thomas and Schläpfer, Jörg, Job Mobility, Peer Effects, and Research Productivity in Economics (September 13, 2013). KOF Working Papers No. 342. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2325390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2325390

Thomas Bolli

ETH Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 101
ZUE F7
Zürich, 8092
Switzerland

ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute

Zurich
Switzerland

Jörg Schläpfer (Contact Author)

ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute ( email )

Zurich
Switzerland

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