The impact of economics blogs
AbstractThere is a proliferation of economics blogs, with increasing numbers of economists attracting large numbers of readers, yet little is known about the impact of this new medium. Using a variety of experimental and non-experimental techniques, this study quantifies some of their effects. First, links from blogs cause a striking increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Second, blogging raises the profile of the blogger (and his or her institution) and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records. Finally, a blog can transform attitudes about some of the topics it covers.
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Tertiary Education; E-Business; Economic Theory&Research; Information Security&Privacy; Agricultural Knowledge&Information Systems;
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- McKenzie, David J. & Özler, Berk, 2011. "The Impact of Economics Blogs," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 8558, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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- A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
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