The Economics of Citation
This paper studies the citation decision of a scientific author. When an author can make his argument more persuasive by citing a related work, this is called the correlation effect. On the other hand, when an author cites someone elseâ€™s work, he gives the impression that he views the cited author as more competent than himself; this is called the signaling effect. These two effects are the main causes of citation bias. Using data from Research Papers in Economics or RePEc, a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and professional books, we empirically show that a citation bias exists in this field. The empirical finding is obtained by controlling for many variables that affect citation patterns, such as network factors (co-authorship and an authorâ€™s affiliation) and language.
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