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Economics of co-authorship

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  • Bruno, Bruno

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Starting from the literature on the rising incidence of co-authorship in economics, choices about co-authorship are analyzed with a theoretical model, assuming that authors optimize the returns from publications. Results show that co-authorship behavior depends both on the technology of the production of economic research and on the reward system that a researcher faces. Two pay structures are considered, one that is proportional to the number of authors and one that is not. The researchers’ heterogeneity implies a trade-off for the policy maker between the objective of effort maximization and the objective of selection of better researchers. The trade-off is more relevant when low-quality researchers choose to engage in opportunistic behavior to gain from higher-quality collaborations.

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  • Bruno, Bruno, 2010. "Economics of co-authorship," MPRA Paper 27730, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    6. Abatemarco, Antonio & Dell'Anno, Roberto, 2011. "Certainty equivalent citation: a generalized class of citation indexes," MPRA Paper 36367, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    8. Damien Besancenot & Kim Huynh & Francisco Serranito, 2015. " Thou shalt not work alone ," CEPN Working Papers hal-01175758, HAL.

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    Keywords

    Co-authorship; Academic research; returns from publications;

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    • D0 - Microeconomics - - General
    • J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General
    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists

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