Somewhere else, part 62

A nice article discovered this week, and a series of writings worth reading,

We study the research productivity of new graduates of top Ph.D. programs in economics.  We find that class rank is as important as departmental rank as predictors of future research productivity.  For instance the best graduate from UIUC or Toronto in a given year will have roughly the same number of American Economic Review (AER) equivalent publications at year six after graduation as the number three graduate from Berkeley, U. Penn, or Yale.  We also find that research productivity of top graduates drops off very quickly with class rank at all departments.  For example, even at Harvard, the median graduate has only 0.04 AER papers at year six [to be continued…]

Do academics publish more because they have better abilities (gender, age, type of position, or any other individual characteristic possibly unobserved) and a more rewarding publication strategy (research field, number and location of co-authors) or because they are located in departments that provide a better local environment with stronger externalities? Contrary to some recent results (Kim et al. 2009, Waldinger 2012), we find that location is an important determinant of the individual quantity and quality of publications. It represents at least half of the explanatory power of individual characteristics, which implies that local externalities in publication do matter. [to be continued]


A seemingly unintentionally ironic paper has just been published in Science titled “A HUMAN RIGHT TO SCIENCE“. I presume it’s an important paper because the title is in BLOCK CAPITALS. That’s about all I can tell you about it though, because it’s behind a paywall.  [to be continued…]

et toujours quelques billets et articles en francais,

Did I miss something ?


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