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
Date Written: November 28, 2016
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
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