Which Leading Journal Leads? Idea Diffusion in Economics Research Journals

33 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2018

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Allen Bellas

Metropolitan State University - College of Management

Lea-Rachel D. Kosnik

University of Missouri at Saint Louis - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 30, 2018

Abstract

Do general interest journals set the trends in research attention to particular topics, or is it field journals that have greater initial influence? In this paper, we focus on the subfield of environmental economics and attempt to empirically identify whether it has been the leading general interest journals or the top environmental economics field journal that has set the research trends on climate change, air pollution, water pollution, and other topics. We use textual analysis and Granger causality tests to investigate the question of which journals lead in publication of papers related to these topics in environmental economics. Our results indicate that leadership depends on the topic, however, there is some evidence that the top field journal in environmental economics generally took the lead in more controversial topics.

Suggested Citation

Bellas, Allen and Kosnik, Lea-Rachel D., Which Leading Journal Leads? Idea Diffusion in Economics Research Journals (May 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3216634 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3216634

Allen Bellas

Metropolitan State University - College of Management ( email )

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Lea-Rachel D. Kosnik (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Saint Louis - Department of Economics ( email )

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St Louis, MO 63121
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