Social Ties in Academia: A Friend is a Treasure

36 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2015


This paper employs a unique dataset on articles, authors and editors of the top general interest journals in economics to investigate the role of social connections in the publication process. Ties between editors and authors are identified based on their academic histories. Results show that an editor's former PhD students and faculty colleagues experience an increase in their publication outcomes when this editor is in charge of a journal. The analysis of articles' citations suggests that connections ultimately improve the quality of published papers.

Keywords: academia, networks, human capital

JEL Classification: A1, I23, J24

Suggested Citation

Colussi, Tommaso, Social Ties in Academia: A Friend is a Treasure. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9414, Available at SSRN: or

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