Systematic Bias in the Progress of Research

Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming

72 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2017 Last revised: 19 Mar 2021

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Amir Rubin

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business; Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah

Eran Rubin

California State University Fresno

Date Written: September 4, 2018

Abstract

We analyze the extent to which citing practices may be driven by strategic considerations. The discontinuation of the Journal of Business (JB) in 2006 for extraneous reasons serves as an exogenous shock for analyzing strategic citing behavior. Using a difference in differences analysis, we find that articles published in JB before 2006 experienced a relative reduction in citations of approximately 20% after 2006. Since the discontinuation of JB is unrelated to the scientific contributions of its articles, the results imply that the referencing of articles is systematically affected by strategic considerations, which hinders scientific progress.

Keywords: Agency, Article influence, Citation, Information, Finance, Research, Innovation, Science, Strategic

JEL Classification: G34, H41, I23, J24, M14, O31

Suggested Citation

Rubin, Amir and Rubin, Eran, Systematic Bias in the Progress of Research (September 4, 2018). Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2995680 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2995680

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California State University Fresno ( email )

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