Collaborative Production in Science: An Empirical Analysis of Coauthorships in Economics

Posted: 23 May 2021

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Seth Richards-Shubik

Lehigh University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 17, 2021

Abstract

This paper studies productivity and preferences in scientific research. Collaboration is increasingly important for innovation in science, and other domains, but we have limited understanding of the factors researchers use to choose their collaborators and the projects they work on. Here, we use a model of strategic network formation and a recently developed econometric method to examine this question in the context of economics researchers. We learn that research teams with more collaborators tend to produce papers with higher impact, without increasing individual costs of communication and coordination. This suggests the trend toward larger research teams in economics will continue.

Keywords: collaborative production, scientific research, coauthorship network, economics publishing, network formation, structural estimation, partial identification

JEL Classification: L14, D85, O31, A14, C57, C55

Suggested Citation

Richards-Shubik, Seth, Collaborative Production in Science: An Empirical Analysis of Coauthorships in Economics (March 17, 2021). Review of Economics and Statistics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3848726

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