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Demographic Characteristics of AER Authors

Benno Torgler and Marco Piatti

Chapter 4 in A Century of American Economic Review: Insights on Critical Factors in Journal Publishing, 2013, pp 42-56 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract We find not only that AER authors are quite young but that, in terms of differences between the 1980s and the 2000s, the distribution of author experience seems to have shifted leftward (become younger). We also observe that superstars’ publication performance peaks substantially later. It is also worth noting that the first article in the first issue of AER was authored by a woman, although the share of female researchers remained quite low over a long period of time, a mere 4 per cent in the 1980s. Female authorship rose during the 2001 to 2010 period, with 12.24 per cent of the authors being women. Interestingly, however, the largest share of female participation (24 per cent of the main articles) occurred in 1944, when women became the “servicewomen of the AER”.

Keywords: academic age and performance; female authors; superstars and performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1057/9781137333056_4

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