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Thou shalt not work alone

Damien Besancenot (), Kim Huynh () and Francisco Serranito ()
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Kim Huynh: LEM - Laboratoire d'Économie Moderne - UP2 - Université Panthéon-Assas

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Abstract: This paper focuses on the properties of the matching process which leads to scientific collaboration. In a first step, it proposes a simple theoretical model to describe the intertemporal choice of researchers facing successive opportunities of co-authoring papers. In a second part, the paper empirically assesses the properties of the model. The main empirical result is that the number and the productivity of a researcher's co-authors reflect the productivity of this researcher. This result is consistent with the assumption that co-authorship is motivated by a willingness to increase both the quality and the quantity of research output. As researchers with a lot of influent publications papers may create links with a large number of influential co-authors, co-authoring with highly productive academics appears as a signaling device of researchers' quality.

Keywords: matching; researchers' strategy; Co-authorship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-07-12
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