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Alma Mat(t)er(s): Determinants of Early Career Success in Economics

Sascha Baghestanian and Sergey Popov ()

No 17-02, Economics Working Papers from Queen's Management School, Queen's University Belfast

Abstract: We study 6000 author-publication observations to investigate predictors of early career success in six fields of Economics. To minimise the effects of ability heterogeneity on publication success chance, we concentrate on top researchers and focus on the start of their careers to minimise distortions from reputation feedback. The rank of an author’s Alma Mater turns out to be significant in 4 out of 6 subfields of Economics; first placement is significant only in one subfield. Numerically, our insights suggest that a counterfactual descent in the Alma Mater of a star author who graduated from a top 10 university by as little as 10 to 20 ranks, significantly reduces by 13 percentage points his probability of getting a top 5 publication. Lowering the ranking of his Alma Mater by another 80 ranks reduces his chances of getting a top publication by a factor of three.

Keywords: Academia; Publishing; Journals; Alma Mater; Affiliation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A11 I23 I24 J44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lma and nep-sog
Date: 2017-06
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