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

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  • C. Mirjam van Praag

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    (Max Planck Institute of Economics Jena, Research group on Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and Public Policy; University of Amsterdam)

  • Bernard M.S. van Praag

    (University of Amsterdam)

Abstract

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 Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2007-004.

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Date of creation: 05 Apr 2007
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2007-004

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Keywords: performance measurement; incentives; economists; name ordering;

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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, 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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