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The Golden Age of Nobel Economists

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  • Hendrik P. van Dalen

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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Nobel laureates in economics make their most important and creative contributionsbetween the ages of 29 and 38. The average creative age of Nobel economists is slightly belowthat of laureates in physics, and considerably younger than that of laureates in chemistry andmedicine/physiology. The University of Chicago and the US in general has so far turned outto be best breeding ground for original economists. Furthermore,most fundamental work has been written alone and this finding contrasts strongly with thedominant trend in economics where multi-authored papers_new have become the rule inpublishing.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 97-120/1.

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Date of creation: 29 Nov 1997
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:19970120

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Keywords: Age; economists; Nobel Prize; productivity;

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  1. Fabrizio Castellucci & Giovanni Pica, 2009. "The Age-Productivity Gradient: Evidence from a Sample of F1 Drivers," CSEF Working Papers 226, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  2. Ho Fai Chan & Benno Torgler, 2013. "The Implications Of Educational And Methodological Background For The Career Success Of Nobel Laureates: Looking At Major Awards," QuBE Working Papers 017, QUT Business School.
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  4. Michael Rauber & Heinrich Ursprung, 2007. "Life Cycle and Cohort Productivity in Economic Research: The Case of Germany," CESifo Working Paper Series 2093, CESifo Group Munich.
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  7. Baffes, John & Vamvakidis, Athanasios, 2011. "Are you too young for the Nobel Prize?," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(10), pages 1345-1353.
  8. Jellal, Mohamed & Faria, Joao & Elaoufi, Noureddine, 2012. "Endogenous dynamic academic research culture," MPRA Paper 38711, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Dalen, H.P. van, 2007. "Pluralism in economics: A public good or a public bad?," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-347616, Tilburg University.
  10. Terence tai-leung Chong & Cally Choi & Benjamin Everard, 2009. "Who will win the Nobel Prize?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(2), pages 1107-1116.
  11. Benjamin Jones & E.J. Reedy & Bruce A. Weinberg, 2014. "Age and Scientific Genius," NBER Working Papers 19866, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  12. Henseke, Golo & Tivig, Thusnelda, 2007. "Demographic change and industry-specific innovation patterns in Germany," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 72, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.

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