Trends in the Publication of Experimental Economics Articles

16 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2021

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Ernesto Reuben

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sherry X Li

University of Arkansas

Sigrid Suetens

Tilburg University - School of Economics and Management, Students

Andrej Svorenčík

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics

Theodore Turocy

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Vasileios Kotsidis

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: August 18, 2021

Abstract

We report data on the experimental articles published in the last two decades in seven prominent, general-interest economics journals, considering laboratory and other types of experiments separately. In addition, we also look at time trends in the characteristics of the published experimental articles. We find an overall increasing trend in the publication of experimental research. This is mainly driven by non-lab experiments, which have overtaken lab experiments in all considered outlets. The reversal of fortunes is most striking in the AER, where the share of lab experiments more than halved over the past twenty years and converged to the share of lab experiments in other Top 5 journals. We also observe some heterogeneities in publication, citations, rankings, and locations of authors’ affiliations across journals and types of experiments.

Keywords: experimental economics, bibliometrics, lab experiments, field experiments

JEL Classification: C9

Suggested Citation

Reuben, Ernesto and Li, Sherry X and Suetens, Sigrid and Svorenčík, Andrej and Turocy, Theodore and Kotsidis, Vasileios, Trends in the Publication of Experimental Economics Articles (August 18, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3907528 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3907528

Ernesto Reuben (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

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Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Sherry X Li

University of Arkansas ( email )

Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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Sigrid Suetens

Tilburg University - School of Economics and Management, Students ( email )

Netherlands

Andrej Svorenčík

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

Theodore Turocy

University of East Anglia (UEA) ( email )

Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Vasileios Kotsidis

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom

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