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An Investigation of Editorial Favoritism in the AER

Philip Coelho () and James McClure

No 201203, Working Papers from Ball State University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper adds to the literature on the credibility of academic research by examining the hypothesis that the selection procedures of academic journals in economics favor submissions that frequently cite editorial insiders. We use procedures, a sample size, and methods that offset some of the limitations that accompanied previous investigations. Using the expanded sample and controls we find that citations to insiders in articles in the American Economic Review increased the frequency of citations in non-AER journals. The evidence is robust; our findings contradict those in previous research. Given our metric, sample, and procedures, we find no significant support for the hypothesis of editorial favoritism.

JEL-codes: A10 A14 B40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2012-08, Revised 2012-08
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