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

52 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2014 Last revised: 22 May 2018

See all articles by Fernanda L. L. de Leon

Fernanda L. L. de Leon

University of Kent - Canterbury Campus

Ben Mcquillin

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

Date Written: March 20, 2018

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 dataset of 29,000 articles and quantified conference effects, using difference-in-differences regressions. Within four years of being presented at the conference, an article's likelihood of becoming cited increases by five percentage points. We decompose the effects by authorship and provide an account of the underlying mechanisms. Our findings point to the role of short term face-to-face interactions in the formation and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

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 (March 20, 2018). 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 Campus ( 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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