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Publish or peer-rich ? The role of skills and networks in hiring economics professors

  • Pierre-Philippe Combes
  • Laurent Linnemer
  • Michael Visser


This paper analyzes the determinants of success at the concours d'agrégation en sciences économiques. This is a centralized hiring procedure through which professors of economics are selected in France. Using detailed data from all concours held between 1984 and 2003, we focus on the role of the candidates' publication records (number and quality of scientific articles) and networks (defined as professional links between candidates and the jury members who take the recruitment decisions). Both sets of variables have statistically significant effects on the likelihood of getting hired. The effect of network connections is important in the sense that a substantial improvement of the publication record is needed to compensate for not being linked to the jury.

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Paper provided by Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquee, INRA in its series Research Unit Working Papers with number 0604.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:lea:leawpi:0604
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