Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86419
Authors: 
van Praag, C. Mirjam
van Praag, Bernard M.S.
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 07-048/3
Abstract: 
Alphabetic name ordering on multi-authored academic papers_new, which is the convention in theeconomics discipline and various other disciplines, is to the advantage of people whose lastname initials are placed early in the alphabet. As it turns out, Professor A, who has been afirst author more often than Professor Z, will have published more articles and experienced afaster 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 deviatefrom 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

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