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Making the Big Leagues: Factors Contributing to Publication in Elite Economics Journals

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  • Blakely Fender
  • Susan Taylor
  • Kimberly Burke
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    Publication in the best journals of one’s discipline is for many the equivalent of making the big leagues in sports or performing at Carnegie Hall in the arts. Using individual-specific data collected from 704 economists, this study provides a multivariate analysis of the factors which contribute to publication in top economics journals. By examining only publications in elite journals, the analysis avoids pitfalls associated with weighting the quality of a wide array of journals while maintaining an emphasis on the determinants of excellence in scholarship. Empirical results indicate that many factors impact elite journal publication, including the quality of graduate education, collaboration with colleagues, presenting at professional conferences, teaching commitments, and service work. Copyright IAES 2005

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    Article provided by International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 93-103

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:33:y:2005:i:1:p:93-103

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