Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227700
Authors: 
McCabe, Mark J.
Müller-Langer, Frank
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
JRC Digital Economy Working Paper No. 2019-02
Abstract: 
Does data disclosure have an impact on citations? Four leading economics journals introduced a data disclosure policy between 2004 and 2006. We use panel data consisting of 17,135 article citing-year observations from 1996 to 2015 for articles published in these journals. Empirical articles that did not disclose data (46% of the sample) serve as a control group. Evidence for a positive open data citation effect is weak (6% and not statistically significant). On the other hand, the citation impacts of publication are substantial and precisely estimated. Pure theory, hybrid and purely empirical articles enjoy citations benefits of 22%, 32% and 44%, respectively. Our pre- and post-publication citation data allow us to identify the citation effects of data disclosure and publication, while controlling for intrinsic article quality.
Subjects: 
Data disclosure
diffusion of knowledge
natural experiment
panel data
JEL: 
L17
O33
C80
L59
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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