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The Matthew Effect Defined And Tested For The 100 Most Prolific Economists

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  • Richard S.J. Tol

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    (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland)

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The Matthew effect has that often-cited papers/authors are cited more often. I use the statistical theory of the growth of firms to test whether the fame of papers and authors indeed exhibits increasing returns to scale, and confirm this hypothesis for the 100 most prolific economists.

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Paper provided by Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University in its series Working Papers with number FNU-143.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
Date of revision: Aug 2007
Handle: RePEc:sgc:wpaper:143

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Keywords: Matthew effect; increasing returns to scale; citation analysis;

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  1. W. David Walls, 1997. "Increasing returns to information: evidence from the Hong Kong movie market," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(5), pages 287-290.
  2. Ijiri, Yuji & Simon, Herbert A, 1974. "Interpretations of Departures from the Pareto Curve Firm-Size Distributions," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 82(2), pages 315-31, Part I, M.
  3. Chris Hand, 2001. "Increasing returns to information: further evidence from the UK film market," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(6), pages 419-421.
  4. David Maddison, 2004. "Increasing returns to information and the survival of broadway theatre productions," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(10), pages 639-643.
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