Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/175518
Authors: 
Campos, Raquel
de Leon, Fernanda Leite Lopez
McQuillin, Ben
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
School of Economics Discussion Papers 1707
Abstract: 
By exploiting the cancellation of the 2012 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, we investigate the role of conferences in facilitating academic collaboration. We assembled datasets comprising 17,468 academics and 86 million pairs of conference participants. In difference-in-differences analysis, we find the conference cancellation led to a decrease in individuals' likelihood of co-authoring an article with another attendant by 18 percent. Moreover, collaborations formed among attendants of (occurring) conferences are associated with more successful co-publications: an effect which is sharpest for teams that are new or non-collocated. These findings are novel and demonstrate the importance of conferences in scientific production.
Subjects: 
conference effects
collaboration
formation of teams
production in science
JEL: 
O31
I23
D02
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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