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Co-Authorship And Research Productivity In Economics: Assessing The Assortative Matching Hypothesis

Damien Besancenot (), Kim Huynh Kim Huynh and Francisco Serranito
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Kim Huynh Kim Huynh: LEM and University Panthéon-Assas, Paris 2

No DT/2016/02, Working Papers from DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation)

Abstract: This paper estimates the relation between the size and quality of scientists’ co-author networks and individual characteristics (notably productivity) in the context of institutional changes in French academia in the mid-1980s. The analysis employs the Two-Stage Residual Inclusion (2SRI) framework to handle endogeneity in individual productivity relative to the quality of co-authors. Data is taken from a novel database of French academic economists. The main finding is that the size and quality of authors’ networks are positively related to their productivity; this is understood as evidence of assortative matching. Other effects on coauthor networks (life-cycles, specialities) are also identified.

Keywords: Co-authorship; Count Data; Zero Inflate Models; Instrumental Variables; h index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 C25 D83 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2016-03
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