Superstar Economists: Coauthorship Networks and Research Output

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Christian Zimmermann

Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Chih-Sheng Hsieh

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Michael D. Konig

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); ETH Zürich

Xiaodong Liu

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

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Date Written: 2018-10-09

Abstract

We study the impact of research collaborations in coauthorship networks on research output and how optimal funding can maximize it. Through the links in the collaboration network, researchers create spillovers not only to their direct coauthors but also to researchers indirectly linked to them. We characterize the equilibrium when agents collaborate in multiple and possibly overlapping projects. We bring our model to the data by analyzing the coauthorship network of economists registered in the RePEc Author Service. We rank the authors and research institutions according to their contribution to the aggregate research output and thus provide a novel ranking measure that explicitly takes into account the spillover effect generated in the coauthorship network. Moreover, we analyze funding instruments for individual researchers as well as research institutions and compare them with the economics funding program of the National Science Foundation. Our results indicate that, because current funding schemes do not take into account the availability of coauthorship network data, they are ill-designed to take advantage of the spillover effects generated in scientific knowledge production networks.

Keywords: coauthor networks, scientific collaboration, spillovers, key player, research funding, economics of science

JEL Classification: C72, D43, D85, L14, Z13

Suggested Citation

Zimmermann, Christian and Hsieh, Chih-Sheng and Konig, Michael D. and Liu, Xiaodong, Superstar Economists: Coauthorship Networks and Research Output (2018-10-09). FRB St. Louis Working Paper No. 2018-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3263912 or http://dx.doi.org/10.20955/wp.2018.028

Christian Zimmermann

Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Chih-Sheng Hsieh (Contact Author)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/chihshenghsieh/

Michael D. Konig

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

ETH Zürich ( email )

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ZUE F7
Zürich, 8092
Switzerland

Xiaodong Liu

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

HOME PAGE: http://spot.colorado.edu/~xiaodong/

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