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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.:CESifo working paper 1948
Abstract:Alphabetic name ordering on multi-authored academic papers, which is the convention 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, Professor A, who has been a first author more often than Professor Z, will have published more articles and experienced a faster growth rate over the course of her career as a result of reputation and visibility. Moreover, authors know that name ordering matters and indeed take ordering seriously: Several characteristics of an author group composition determine the decision to deviate from the default alphabetic name order to a significant extent.
Subjects:performance measurement
incentives
economists
name ordering
JEL:A11
A14
J32
J44
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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