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Peer Effects in Academic Research: Senders and Receivers

Clement Bosquet (), Pierre-Philippe Combes (), Emeric Henry and Thierry Mayer ()

No 2019-16, Sciences Po publications from Sciences Po

Abstract: Using an instrument based on a national contest in France determining researchers’ location, we find evidence of peer effects in academia, when focusing on precise groups of senders (producing the spillovers) and receivers (benefiting from the spillovers), defined based on field of specialisation, gender and age. These peer effects are shown to exist even outside formal co-authorship relationships. Furthermore, the match between the characteristics of senders and receivers plays a critical role. In particular, men benefit a lot from peer effects provided by men, while all other types of gender combinations produce spillovers twice as small.

Keywords: Economics of Science; Peer Effects; Research Productivity; Gender Publication Gap (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J16 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-soc, nep-sog and nep-ure
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