The Benefits of Being Economics Professor A (and Not Z)

28 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007  

Mirjam van Praag

University of Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Copenhagen Business School; Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

B.M.S. van Praag

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

Alphabetic name ordering on multi-authored academic papers, which is the convention in the economics discipline and various other disciplines, is to the advantage of people whose last name initials are placed early in the alphabet. As it turns out, Professor A, who has been a first author more often than Professor Z, will have published more articles and experienced a faster growth rate over the course of her career as a result of reputation and visibility. Moreover, authors know that name ordering matters and indeed take ordering seriously: Several characteristics of an author group composition determine the decision to deviate from the default alphabetic name order to a significant extent.

Keywords: performance measurement, incentives, economists, name ordering

JEL Classification: A11, A14, J32, J44

Suggested Citation

van Praag, Mirjam and van Praag, B.M.S., The Benefits of Being Economics Professor A (and Not Z) (March 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2673; CESifo Working Paper No. 1948; Jena Economic Research Paper No. 2007-004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977540

Mirjam Van Praag (Contact Author)

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Bernard Van Praag

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
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