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Benno Torgler and Marco Piatti

Chapter 8 in A Century of American Economic Review: Insights on Critical Factors in Journal Publishing, 2013, pp 115-123 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract By applying forensic profiling to the evidence reported in this book, we are able to characterize “the” successful AER author. At the same time, while admitting the shortcomings in our analysis, we highlight one of its most important implications. That is, if team production is, as Alchian and Demsetz suggest, not the sum of separable outputs from each team member, then a clear name ordering of authors, be it alphabetical or otherwise, may be questionable. Yet what is the alternative? To publish scientific contributions anonymously? Doing so would go against the “cult of personality” or researchers’ interest in striving for identifiable success. We therefore provide what is in our eyes a valuable albeit unconventional alternative solution.

Keywords: cult of personality; successful AER author; strive for success; team production (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1057/9781137333056_8

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