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Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in Hurricane Isaac

34 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2017  

Raquel Campos

University of Kent, Canterbury

Fernanda L. L. de Leon

University of Kent, Canterbury

Ben Mcquillin

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economic and Social Studies

Date Written: April 18, 2017

Abstract

By exploiting the cancellation of the 2012 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, we investigate the role of conferences in facilitating academic collaboration. We assembled datasets comprising 17,468 academics and 86 million pairs of conference participants. In difference-in-differences analysis, we find the conference cancellation led to a decrease in individuals' likelihood of co-authoring an article with another attendant by 18 percent. Moreover, collaborations formed among attendants of (occurring) conferences are associated with more successful co-publications: an effect which is sharpest for teams that are new or non-collocated. These findings are novel and demonstrate the importance of conferences in scientific production.

Keywords: conference effects, collaboration, production in science

JEL Classification: O31, I23, D02

Suggested Citation

Campos, Raquel and L. L. de Leon, Fernanda and Mcquillin, Ben, Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in Hurricane Isaac (April 18, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2954495 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2954495

Raquel Campos

University of Kent, Canterbury ( email )

Keynes College
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

Fernanda L. L. de Leon (Contact Author)

University of Kent, Canterbury ( email )

Keynes College
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

Ben Mcquillin

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economic and Social Studies ( email )

Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

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