Geographic Diversity in Economic Publishing

20 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2020 Last revised: 15 Dec 2020

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Simon D. Angus

Monash Business School

Kadir Atalay

The University of Sydney

Jonathan Newton

Kyoto University - Institute of Economic Research

David Ubilava

The University of Sydney

Date Written: September 23, 2020

Abstract

Is the representation of editors at prestigious economics journals geographically diverse? Using data on the affiliations of academics working in an editorial capacity at such journals, we map the locations of editorial power within the economics profession. This allows us to rank institutions, countries and continents according to this measure of power. In addition, by considering the average distance of a journal's editorial affiliations from a geographic mean, we rank journals by geographic diversity. The magnitudes of the geographic differences we find are striking. Over half the journals we consider have over two thirds of their editorial power located in the USA. A large majority of journals have a tiny editorial contribution from academics located outside of North America and Europe. Any one of the states of California, Massachusetts and Illinois has more power than the four continents of Asia, South America, Africa and Australasia combined. Comparing to authorship data, we find that most editorial teams are both less geographically diverse and more USA-centric than the authors they publish.

Keywords: editorial power, geography, diversity, economics

JEL Classification: A1

Suggested Citation

Angus, Simon D. and Atalay, Kadir and Newton, Jonathan and Ubilava, David, Geographic Diversity in Economic Publishing (September 23, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3697906 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3697906

Simon D. Angus

Monash Business School ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3168
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Kadir Atalay

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Jonathan Newton (Contact Author)

Kyoto University - Institute of Economic Research ( email )

Yoshida-Honmachi
Sakyo-ku
Kyoto 606-8501
JAPAN

David Ubilava

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
School of Economics
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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