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The Impact of Economics Blogs

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  • McKenzie, David J.
  • Özler, Berk

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There is a proliferation of economics blogs, with increasing numbers of economists attracting large numbers of readers, yet little is known about the impact of this new medium. Using a variety of experimental and non-experimental techniques, we try to quantify some of their effects. First, links from blogs cause a striking increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Second, blogging raises the profile of the blogger (and his institution) and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records. Finally, we find that a blog can transform attitudes about some of the topics it covers.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 8558.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:8558

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  1. Blogging impact on academic papers
    by Inaki Villanueva in Applied economist on 2012-03-01 14:15:00
  2. Quantifying Some of the Impacts of Economics Blogs
    by UDADISI in UDADISI on 2014-04-02 22:28:00
  3. Reflections on our job market series
    by ? in Development Impact on 2011-12-22 09:11:22
  4. What on Earth is ‘Development Impact’ Exactly?
    by Berk Ozler in Development Impact on 2012-04-05 13:17:26
  5. Do cultural differences explain some of the variation in who blogs and what they say?
    by Berk Ozler in Development Impact on 2012-06-28 22:23:31
  6. Economics Blogging Isn’t Just Procrastinating
    by Shailee Pradhan in student reporter on 2012-07-31 07:01:45
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