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Title:The benefits of being economics professor A (and not Z) PDF Logo
Authors:van Praag, C. Mirjam
van Praag, Bernard M. S.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2007,004
Abstract:Alphabetic name ordering on multi-authored academic papers, which is the conven-tion in the economics discipline and various other disciplines, is to the advantage of people whose last name initials are placed early in the alphabet. As it turns out, Pro-fessor A, who has been a first author more often than Professor Z, will have publi-shed more articles and experienced a faster growth rate over the course of her ca-reer as a result of reputation and visibility. Moreover, authors know that name orde-ring matters and indeed take ordering seriously: Several characteristics of an author group composition determine the decision to deviate from the default alphabetic na-me order to a significant extent.
Subjects:performance measurement
name ordering
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers (2007-2014), Max-Planck-Institut für Ökonomik und Universität Jena

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