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Ability and specialization among economic researchers

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  • Todd D. Kendall

    (The John E. Walker, Department of Economics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA)

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    It is not obvious whether a firm's more talented workers should be more specialized, and in fact, the relationship between ability and specialization seems to differ across industries. In this paper, I examine the case of knowledge production in economic research, and find that abler economists tend to publish more general research. This result suggests substitutability between general and specialized skill in research. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 8 ()
    Pages: 609-618

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:29:y:2008:i:8:p:609-618

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    1. Edward P. Lazear, 2000. "Economic Imperialism," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 115(1), pages 99-146, February.
    2. Glenn Ellison, 2002. "The Slowdown of the Economics Publishing Process," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 110(5), pages 947-993, October.
    3. Stigler, George J & Friedland, Claire, 1975. "The Citation Practices of Doctorates in Economics," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 83(3), pages 477-507, June.
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