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Does Paying Referees Expedite Reviews? Results of a Natural Experiment

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  • Gary D. Thompson

    () (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210023, 1110 E. James Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ 85721-0023, USA)

  • Satheesh V. Aradhyula

    () (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210023, 1110 E. James Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ 85721-0023, USA)

  • George Frisvold

    () (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210023, 1110 E. James Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ 85721-0023, USA)

  • Russell Tronstad

    () (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210023, 1110 E. James Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ 85721-0023, USA)

Abstract

A natural experiment in an economics field journal afforded time-series observations on payments to referees for on-time reviews. The natural experiment yielded 15 months’ worth of data with no payments and about two subsequent years of data with payments. Using refereeand manuscript-specific measures as covariates, hazard models were used to gauge the effects of payments on individual referee’s review times. All models indicate statistically significant reductions in review times owing to referee payments. Reductions in review times translate into significant reductions in first-response time (FRT). Median FRT was reduced from 90 to 70 days, a 22% reduction in the presence of payments. With payments, only 1% of the FRTs exceeded six months; without payments, 16% of the FRTs exceeded six months.

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  • Gary D. Thompson & Satheesh V. Aradhyula & George Frisvold & Russell Tronstad, 2010. "Does Paying Referees Expedite Reviews? Results of a Natural Experiment," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 76(3), pages 678-692, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:76:3:y:2010:p:678-692
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    JEL classification:

    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • Q00 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - General

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