Impact of Lower Rated Journals on Economists' Judgments of Publication Lists: Evidence from a Survey Experiment

41 Pages Posted: 8 May 2017

See all articles by Nattavudh Powdthavee

Nattavudh Powdthavee

University of Warwick

Yohanes E. Riyanto

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Division of Economics

Jack L. Knetsch

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - School of Resource and Environmental Management

Abstract

Publications in leading journals are widely known to have a positive impact on economists' judgments of the value of authors' contributions to the literature and on their professional reputations. Very little attention has been given, however, to the impacts of the addition of publications in lower rated journals on such judgments. In our main tests, we asked subsamples of economists in 44 universities throughout the world to rate either a publication list with only higher rated journals or a list with all of these but with additional publications in nearly as many respected but lower rated journals. Our primary finding was that the inclusion of lower rated journals had a statistically significant negative impact on these economists' judgments of the value of the author's contribution. To the extent that such judgments may influence research and publication strategies our findings imply negative implications on social welfare.

Keywords: lower ranked journals, publication, judgment bias, less-is-better effect, resume

JEL Classification: A14

Suggested Citation

Powdthavee, Nattavudh and Riyanto, Yohanes E. and Knetsch, Jack L., Impact of Lower Rated Journals on Economists' Judgments of Publication Lists: Evidence from a Survey Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10752. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2964161

Nattavudh Powdthavee (Contact Author)

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Yohanes E. Riyanto

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Division of Economics ( email )

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Singapore

Jack L. Knetsch

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - School of Resource and Environmental Management ( email )

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Canada

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