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IS PEER REVIEW IN DECLINE?

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  • GLENN ELLISON

    1. Ellison: Department of Economics, MIT, 50 Memorial Drive, E52-380A, Cambridge, MA 02142-1347. Phone 617-253-8702, Fax 617-253-1330, E-mail gellison@mit.edu
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    • I would like to thank the National Science Foundation (SES-0550897), the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Toulouse Network for Information Technology for their support. Tom Chang and Brandon Lehr provided valuable research assistance. I thank Markus Möbius for providing data. Susan Athey, Ofer Azar, Edward Glaeser, Drew Fudenberg, Andrei Shleifer, and several anonymous referees provided helpful comments. Greg Mankiw and Phil Davis facilitated the dissemination of this paper by mentioning it in their blogs. Ted Bergstrom and Preston McAfee handled the paper with remarkable efficiency.


Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been a decline in the fraction of papers in top economics journals written by economists from the highest-ranked economics departments. This paper documents this fact and uses additional data on publications and citations to assess various potential explanations. Several observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the Internet improves the ability of high-profile authors to disseminate their research without going through the traditional peer-review process. (JEL A14, O30)

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