The Economics of Citation
AbstractIn this paper, we study the citation decision of a scientific author. By citing a related work, authors can make their arguments more persuasive. We call this the correlation effect. But if authors cite other work, they may give the impression that they think the cited work is more competent than theirs. We call this the reputation effect. These two effects may be the main sources of citation bias. We empirically show that there is a citation bias in Economics by using data from RePEc. We also report how the citation bias differs across regions (U.S., Europe and Asia).
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2007-31.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Note: This research was begun when the first author was visiting ISER, Osaka University in the winter of 2005. We are grateful to seminar audiences at the University of Connecticut and participants in the applied microeconomics workshop held at Korea Foundation of Advanced Studies for helpful comments.
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citation bias; correlation effect; reputation effect; signal; strategy; RePEc;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-09-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-HPE-2007-09-02 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-ICT-2007-09-02 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-IPR-2007-09-02 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-SOG-2007-09-02 (Sociology of Economics)
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Levine's Working Paper Archive
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- Richard S. J. Tol, 2013. "The Matthew Effect for Cohorts of Economists," Working Paper Series 5513, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.
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