On the Relation Between Intellectual Collaboration and Intellectual Output: Evidence from the Finance Academe

51 Pages Posted: 26 May 2008

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Kee H. Chung

State University of New York at Buffalo - School of Management

Raymond Cox

Thompson Rivers University

Kenneth Kim

Tongji University - School of Economics and Management; SUNY at Buffalo - School of Management

Abstract

This paper tests the relation between intellectual collaboration and the quality of the intellectual output using academic papers published in prestigious finance journals during 1988-2005. We use the number of authors of a paper to measure the extent of intellectual collaboration and the number of citations that a paper receives (adjusted by the number of years since the paper's publication) as a measure of its intellectual value. Based on empirical tests, we find that papers with more authors are cited more often. This relation does not hold for purely theoretical papers. Coauthoring with a prolific author leads to higher quality papers, but coauthoring with colleagues at the same institution leads to neither higher nor lower quality papers. Papers with four authors are cited most often. Overall, when it comes to intellectual collaboration, our results counter the notion that too many cooks spoil the broth.

Keywords: intellectual collaboration, coauthors, citation, Google Scholar, paper quality

JEL Classification: G00

Suggested Citation

Chung, Kee H. and Cox, Raymond and Kim, Kenneth A., On the Relation Between Intellectual Collaboration and Intellectual Output: Evidence from the Finance Academe. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136866 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1136866

Kee H. Chung

State University of New York at Buffalo - School of Management ( email )

Buffalo, NY 14260
United States
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Raymond Cox

Thompson Rivers University ( email )

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Canada
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HOME PAGE: http://www.tru.ca/business/facultyresearch/faculty/facultybios/raymond_cox_bio.html

Kenneth A. Kim (Contact Author)

Tongji University - School of Economics and Management ( email )

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Shanghai, Shanghai 200092
China

SUNY at Buffalo - School of Management ( email )

Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14222
United States

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