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Publishing Economics

Publishing Economics

Analyses of the Academic Journal Market in Economics

Joshua Gans

Edited by Joshua Gans, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada

2000 320 pp Hardback 978 1 84064 283 4
2001 Paperback 978 1 84064 932 1

Hardback £99.00 on-line price £89.10

Paperback £31.00 on-line price £24.80


‘We have all had rejections that infuriated us because the reviewers always seem not to have read our work with the care and understanding that it merits.’
– William J. Baumol, New York University and Princeton University, US

Contributors: R.M. Blank, M. Engers, C. Friedland, J.S. Gans, S. Grant, D.S. Hammermesh, J. Hudson, S.P. King, D.N. Laband, A. Leijonhufvud, S.M. Oster, M.J. Piette, R.D. Sauer, G.B. Shepherd, G.J. Stigler, S.M. Stigler, J.M. Wells

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The path to success as an academic economist is littered with obstacles. Even with excellent research material, one faces issues of running the seminar and conference gauntlet, tempestuous relationships with co-authors, the selection of an appropriate journal outlet, a detailed peer review process and, with it, the ever-present spectre of rejection.

This collection tackles the issues confronting the up-and-coming economist. The authors include some of the subject’s finest luminaries who offer friendly and invaluable advice as well as providing a more light-hearted look at the publication process. Some articles have become classics in their own right. They vary from an examination of seminal (and originally rejected) articles by leading economists to an analysis of why referees are not adequately paid. The tools of both economic theory and econometrics are applied to uncover some home truths and, as a result, these papers provide new insights into the nature of economic discourse.

Full table of contents

Contents: Introduction Part I: Success and Rejection in Economics 1. Life Among the Econ 2. The Young Economist’s Guide to Professional Etiquette 3. How are the Might Fallen 4. Aging and Productivity Among Economists Part II: Referees and Editors 5. Facts and Myths About Refereeing 6. Is There Value Added from the Review Process in Economics? 7. The Effects of Double-Blind versus Single-Blind Reviewing 8. Favoritism versus Search for Good Papers 9. Why Referees are not Paid (Enough) Part III: To Co-Author or Not to Co-Author 10. Estimates of the Returns to Quality and Co-authorship in Economic Academia 11. Trends in Multi-Authored Papers in Economics 12. First Author Conditions Part IV: The Influence of Economics Journals 13. The Journals of Economics 14. The Scholarly Journal Literature of Economics 15. The Relative Impacts of Economics Journals Index

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