Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Accused Scientists, and Their Research
Michael E. Rose and
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Rainer Widmann: MPI-IC
Michael E. Rose: MPI-IC
Marina Chugunova: MPI-IC
No 419, Rationality and Competition Discussion Paper Series from CRC TRR 190 Rationality and Competition
Does the scientific community sanction sexual misconduct? Using a sample of scientists accused of sexual misconduct at US universities, we find that their prior work is cited less after allegations surface. The effect weakens with distance in the coauthorship network, indicating that researchers learn about allegations through their peers. Among the closest peers, male authors react more strongly, suggesting that they feel a greater need to disassociate themselves from the accused. In male-dominated fields, the effects on citations are more muted. Accused scientists are more likely to leave academic research, to move to non-university institutions, and to publish less.
Keywords: sexual misconduct; scientific community; scientific impact (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J16 K4 M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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