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The Role of Conferences on the Pathway to Academic Impact: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

40 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2014 Last revised: 30 Nov 2016

Fernanda L. L. de Leon

University of Kent, Canterbury

Ben Mcquillin

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economic and Social Studies

Date Written: November 28, 2016

Abstract

We provide evidence for the effectiveness of conferences in promoting academic impact, by exploiting the cancellation -- due to 'Hurricane Isaac' -- of the 2012 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. We assembled a new dataset of approximately 31,000 articles and quantified conference effects using difference-in-differences regressions. Within one year of being presented at the conference, articles receive an additional 15 downloads. This advantage is permanent, and accrues particularly to authors in their early careers or outside the Top 10 institutions. Moreover, within two years, articles' likelihood of receiving at least one citation increases by close to five percentage points.

Keywords: effects of conferences, diffusion of scientific knowledge

JEL Classification: O39, I23, L38

Suggested Citation

L. L. de Leon, Fernanda and Mcquillin, Ben, The Role of Conferences on the Pathway to Academic Impact: Evidence from a Natural Experiment (November 28, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507361 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2507361

Fernanda L. L. de Leon (Contact Author)

University of Kent, Canterbury ( email )

Keynes College
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

Ben Mcquillin

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economic and Social Studies ( email )

Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

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