An Investigation of Editorial Favoritism in the AER
AbstractThis 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Ball State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201203.
Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2012
Date of revision: Aug 2012
Other versions of this item:
- Philip R P Coelho & James E McClure & Peter J Reilly, 2014. "An Investigation of Editorial Favoritism in the AER," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 40(2), pages 274-281, March.
- A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
- A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
- B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-09-22 (All new papers)
- NEP-HIS-2012-09-22 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-SOG-2012-09-22 (Sociology of Economics)
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