Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/228865
Authors: 
Hoover, Kevin D.
Svorenécík, Andrej
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CHOPE Working Paper No. 2020-12
Abstract: 
The leadership structure of the American Economics Association is documented using a biographical database covering every officer and losing candidate for AEA offices from 1950 to 2019. The analysis focuses on institutional affiliations by education and employment. The structure is strongly hierarchical. A few institutions dominate the leadership, and their dominance has become markedly stronger over time. Broadly two types of explanations are explored: that institutional dominance is based on academic merit or that it based on self-perpetuating privilege. Network effects that might explain the dynamic of increasing concentration are also investigated.
Subjects: 
American Economic Association
prosopography
academic networks
JEL: 
A11
B29
D72
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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