Citations in Economics : Measurement, Uses and Impacts. / Hamermesh, Daniel.

In: Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 56, No. 1, 03.2018, p. 115-156.

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I describe and compare sources of data on citations in economics and the statistics derived from them. Constructing data sets of the post-publication citation histories of articles published in the “Top 5” journals in the 1970s and the 2000s, I examine distributions and life cycles of citations, compare citation histories of articles in different sub-specialties in economics and present evidence on the history and heterogeneity of those journals’ impacts and the marginal citation productivity of additional coauthors. I use a new data set of the lifetime citation histories of over 1000 economists from 30 universities to rank economics departments by various measures and to demonstrate the importance of intra- and inter-departmental heterogeneity in productivity. Throughout, the discussion summarizes earlier work, including the impacts of citations on salaries and non-monetary rewards, and how citations reflect judgments about research quality in economics and the importance of economic ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-156
Number of pages42
JournalJournal of Economic Literature
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
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