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The effects of gender, age and academic rank on research diversification

Giovanni Abramo (), Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo () and Flavia Di Costa ()
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Giovanni Abramo: National Research Council of Italy
Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo: National Research Council of Italy
Flavia Di Costa: Research Value s.r.l

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 114, issue 2, 373-387

Abstract: Abstract In this work we analyze the combined effects of gender, age and academic rank on the propensity of individual scholars to diversify their scientific activity. The aspect of research diversification is measured along three main dimensions, namely its extent and intensity and the cognitive relatedness of the fields of diversification. We apply two regression models to the dataset of scientific output of all Italian professors in the sciences over the period 2004–2008. The aim is to understand how personal and organizational traits can influence individual behaviors in terms of research diversification. Among other considerations, our findings urge caution in identifying research diversification as a co-determinant of the gender productivity gap between males and females.

Keywords: Bibliometrics; Specialization; Relatedness; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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