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
Date Written: March 20, 2018
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
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