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Credit History: The Changing Nature of Scientific Credit

  • Joshua S. Gans
  • Fiona Murray

This paper considers the role of the allocation of scientific credit in determining the organization of science. We examine changes in that organization and the nature of credit allocation in the past half century. Our contribution is a formal model of that organizational choice that considers scientist decisions to integrate, collaborate or publish and how credit should be allocated to foster efficient outcomes.

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Date of creation: Oct 2013
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Publication status: Forthcoming: Credit History: The Changing Nature of Scientific Credit , Joshua S. Gans, Fiona Murray. in The Changing Frontier: Rethinking Science and Innovation Policy , Jaffe and Jones. 2015
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19538
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