What 5,000 Acknowledgements Tell Us About Informal Collaboration in Financial Economics
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Discussion Paper No. 11
67 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2015 Last revised: 17 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 17, 2018
We present and discuss a novel dataset on informal collaboration in Financial Economics. The data is derived from acknowledgement sections of papers. We focus on the network of informal collaboration, connecting authors and commenters. The network contains useful information when studying various outcomes (academic productivity, citation count), even above co-author networks. Among other things, we ﬁnd that authors connecting otherwise distinct research communities publish less in top journals, but receive above journal-average citations, and that Female researchers are less often acknowledged than comparable male counterparts. Finally, we list the most central researchers in Financial Economics and study determinants of centrality.
Keywords: ﬁnancial economics, intellectual collaboration, social networks, acknowledgements
JEL Classification: A14, D83, G00
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