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The Economics of Citation

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  • Jeong-Yoo Kim

    (Kyun Hee University)

  • Insik Min

    (Kyun Hee University)

  • Christian Zimmermann

    (University of Connecticut)

Abstract

In this paper, we study the citation decision of a scientific author. By citing a related work, authors can make their arguments more persuasive. We call this the correlation effect. But if authors cite other work, they may give the impression that they think the cited work is more competent than theirs. We call this the reputation effect. These two effects may be the main sources of citation bias. We empirically show that there is a citation bias in Economics by using data from RePEc. We also report how the citation bias differs across regions (U.S., Europe and Asia).

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  • Jeong-Yoo Kim & Insik Min & Christian Zimmermann, 2007. "The Economics of Citation," Working papers 2007-31, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2007-31
    Note: This research was begun when the first author was visiting ISER, Osaka University in the winter of 2005. We are grateful to seminar audiences at the University of Connecticut and participants in the applied microeconomics workshop held at Korea Foundation of Advanced Studies for helpful comments.
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    8. Ferda, HALICIOGLU, 2014. "Research Ranking Place of Turkish Economists in the World," MPRA Paper 54058, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Tol, Richard S.J., 2013. "The Matthew effect for cohorts of economists," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 7(2), pages 522-527.

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    Keywords

    citation bias; correlation effect; reputation effect; signal; strategy; RePEc;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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