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Specialization, field distance, and quality in economists’ collaborations

  • We analyze economics PhDs’ collaborations in peer-reviewed journals from 1990 to 2014 and investigate such collaborations’ quality in relation to each co-author’s research quality, field and specialization. We find that a greater overlap between co-authors’ previous research fields is significantly related to a greater publication success of co-authors’ joint work and this is robust to alternative specifications. Co-authors that engage in a distant collaboration are significantly more likely to have a large research overlap, but this significance is lost when co-authors’ social networks are accounted for. High quality collaboration is more likely to emerge as a result of an interaction between specialists and generalists with overlapping fields of expertise. Regarding interactions across subfields of economics (interdisciplinarity), it is more likely conducted by co- authors who already have interdisciplinary portfolios, than by co-authors who are specialized or starred in different subfields.

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Author of HS ReutlingenSchweitzer, Sascha
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2021.101222
ISSN:1751-1577
ISSN:1875-5879
Erschienen in:Journal of informetrics
Publisher:Elsevier
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Document Type:Journal article
Language:English
Publication year:2021
Volume:15
Issue:4
Article Number:101222
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt