Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who Is the Most Central of Them All?

80 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2015 Last revised: 3 Dec 2016

Co-Pierre Georg

Deutsche Bundesbank; University of Cape Town (UCT)

Michael E. Rose

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Date Written: December 29, 2015

Abstract

We examine the flow information in financial economics with respect to influential researchers. We proxy influence in the profession with different centrality measures in a social network connecting authors and acknowledged commenters of 6406 full research articles published between 1997 and 2011. We use this information to provide a novel ranking of financial economists according to their position in the social network. More cited researchers tend to rank higher according to eigenvector centrality, but less so over time. Contrary to a commonly held belief, citation and publication stock correlate weakly with being acknowledged often. Giving and receiving comments furthermore vary over the academic life cycle. Our ranking hence provide a new way to measure influence.

Keywords: Knowledge production, formal collaboration, informal collaboration, social network, acknowledgements

JEL Classification: A14, D83, G00

Suggested Citation

Georg, Co-Pierre and Rose, Michael E., Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who Is the Most Central of Them All? (December 29, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2709107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2709107

Co-Pierre Georg (Contact Author)

Deutsche Bundesbank ( email )

Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. 14
Frankfurt/Main, 60431
Germany

University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )

Private Bag X3
Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa

Michael E. Rose

University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )

Private Bag X3
Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa

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