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An Investigation of Editorial Favoritism in the AER

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  • Philip R. P. Coelho

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    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

  • James McClure

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    (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

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This paper adds to the literature on the credibility of academic research by examining the hypothesis that the selection procedures of academic journals in economics favor submissions that frequently cite editorial insiders. We use procedures, a sample size, and methods that offset some of the limitations that accompanied previous investigations. Using the expanded sample and controls we find that citations to insiders in articles in the American Economic Review increased the frequency of citations in non-AER journals. The evidence is robust; our findings contradict those in previous research. Given our metric, sample, and procedures, we find no significant support for the hypothesis of editorial favoritism.

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Paper provided by Ball State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201203.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2012
Date of revision: Aug 2012
Handle: RePEc:bsu:wpaper:201203

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  1. Scott Smart & Joel Waldfogel, 1996. "A Citation-Based Test for Discrimination at Economics and Finance Journals," NBER Working Papers 5460, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Leamer, Edward E, 1985. "Sensitivity Analyses Would Help," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(3), pages 308-13, June.
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  4. Philip R. P. Coelho & James E. McClure, 2006. "Why Has Critical Commentary Been Curtailed at Top Economics Journals? A Reply to Robert Whaples," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 3(2), pages 283-291, May.
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