Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Accused Scientists, and Their Research

39 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2022

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Rainer Widmann

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Michael E. Rose

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Marina Chugunova

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Date Written: July 20, 2022

Abstract

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)

Suggested Citation

Widmann, Rainer and Rose, Michael and Chugunova, Marina, Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Accused Scientists, and Their Research (July 20, 2022). Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 22-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4260210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4260210

Rainer Widmann

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

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Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

Michael Rose

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

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Marina Chugunova (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Munich, 80539
Germany

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