How Has COVID-19 Impacted Research Productivity in Economics and Finance?

57 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2020 Last revised: 31 Dec 2020

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Samuel Kruger

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance

Gonzalo Maturana

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Jordan Nickerson

MIT - Sloan

Date Written: December 30, 2020

Abstract

Following the onset of COVID-19 around the world in March of 2020, research productivity in economics and finance (measured by the posting of working papers) increased by 35%. Part of this increase was due to research related to COVID-19, but productivity went up even excluding COVID papers. Productivity increases were widespread across geographies, job titles, and departments, with particularly large increases in top-10 departments. Individuals of all ages experienced productivity gains, with particularly large increases for people under 35. Men and women both experienced productivity increases with the exception of women between the age of 35 and 49, who experienced no productivity gains despite large increases for men in the same age group.

Keywords: COVID-19, research productivity, gender inequality

JEL Classification: A11, A14, J24, J16

Suggested Citation

Kruger, Samuel and Maturana, Gonzalo and Nickerson, Jordan, How Has COVID-19 Impacted Research Productivity in Economics and Finance? (December 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3745226 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3745226

Samuel Kruger (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance ( email )

Red McCombs School of Business
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United States

Gonzalo Maturana

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

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Jordan Nickerson

MIT - Sloan ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

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