Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Accused Scientists, and Their Research
39 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2022
Date Written: July 20, 2022
We study academic consequences of non-academic misconduct for accused researchers at US universities. Focusing on allegations of sexual misconduct, we ﬁnd detrimental effects on scientiﬁc impact, productivity and career. Other researchers are less likely to cite the perpetrator’s prior work after allegations surface. The effect is absent in male-dominated ﬁelds and weakens with distance in the co-authorship network, indicating that researchers learn about allegations via their peers. Although we ﬁnd that alleged perpetrators tend to remain active researchers, they are less likely to be afﬁliated with a university and publish fewer articles following the incident.
Keywords: sexual misconduct, scientiﬁc community, scientiﬁc impact, Social Science (Economic Science)
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