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Diversity in Economics: An Analysis of Journal Quality Perceptions

  • Kostas Axarloglou

    (Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (ALBA))

  • Vasilis Theoharakis

    (Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (ALBA))

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    It is still debatable whether scientific diversity is a virtue or a disadvantage for the develop-ment of a discipline. Nonetheless, diversity among scientists with respect to their journal quality perceptions plays an important role in hiring and promotion decisions. In this article we examine the degree of diversity within economics based on the journal quality perceptions of 2,103 AEA economists worldwide. Specifically, we empirically test for factors that might explain differences in an economist's journal quality perceptions. These factors include an economist's geographic origin, school of thought, journal affiliation, field of specialization and research orientation. Indeed, we find that a significant degree of diversity in journal quality perceptions exists between economists that belong in different subgroups. These results might explain the frequent debates in tenure and promotion committees where journal standings are used for the evaluation of a researcher's output. (JEL: A12, D12) Copyright (c) 2003 The European Economic Association.

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    Volume (Year): 1 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 1402-1423

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