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Six Decades of Top Economics Publishing: Who and How?

Six Decades of Top Economics Publishing: Who and How? Abstract Presenting data on all full-length articles in the three top general economics journals for one year in each decade 1960s–2010s, I analyze changes in patterns of coauthorship, age structure and methodology, and their possible causes. The distribution of number of authors has shifted steadily rightward. In the last two decades, the fraction of older authors has almost quadrupled. Top journals are publishing many fewer papers that represent pure theory, regardless of subfield, somewhat less empirical work based on publicly available data sets, and many more empirical studies based on data collected by the author(s) or on laboratory or field experiments. (JEL A14 ) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Economic Literature American Economic Association

Six Decades of Top Economics Publishing: Who and How?

Journal of Economic Literature , Volume 51 (1) – Mar 1, 2013

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Publisher
American Economic Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by the American Economic Association
Subject
Forum on Publishing in Economics Journals
ISSN
0022-0515
DOI
10.1257/jel.51.1.162
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Abstract

Abstract Presenting data on all full-length articles in the three top general economics journals for one year in each decade 1960s–2010s, I analyze changes in patterns of coauthorship, age structure and methodology, and their possible causes. The distribution of number of authors has shifted steadily rightward. In the last two decades, the fraction of older authors has almost quadrupled. Top journals are publishing many fewer papers that represent pure theory, regardless of subfield, somewhat less empirical work based on publicly available data sets, and many more empirical studies based on data collected by the author(s) or on laboratory or field experiments. (JEL A14 )

Journal

Journal of Economic LiteratureAmerican Economic Association

Published: Mar 1, 2013

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