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The Benefits of Being Economics Professor A (and not Z)

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  • van Praag, Mirjam C.

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    (Copenhagen Business School)

  • van Praag, Bernard M. S.

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    (University of Amsterdam)

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Alphabetic name ordering on multi-authored academic papers, which is the convention in the economics discipline and various other disciplines, is to the advantage of people whose last name initials are placed early in the alphabet. As it turns out, Professor A, who has been a first author more often than Professor Z, will have published more articles and experienced a faster growth rate over the course of her career as a result of reputation and visibility. Moreover, authors know that name ordering matters and indeed take ordering seriously: Several characteristics of an author group composition determine the decision to deviate from the default alphabetic name order to a significant extent.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2673.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Publication status: published in: Economica, 2008, 75 (300), 782-796
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Keywords: name ordering; performance measurement; incentives; economists;

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  1. Efthyvoulou, Georgios, 2008. "Alphabet Economics: The link between names and reputation," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 1266-1285, June.
  2. Oswald, Andrew J., 2008. "Can We Test for Bias in Scientific Peer-Review?," IZA Discussion Papers 3665, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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