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What 5,000 Acknowledgements Tell Us About Informal Collaboration in Financial Economics

Georg, Co-Pierre; Rose, Michael (2018). What 5,000 Acknowledgements Tell Us About Informal Collaboration in Financial Economics, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Discussion Paper No. 11.

We present and discuss a novel dataset on informal collaboration in Financial Economics. The data is derived from acknowledgement sections of papers. We focus on the network of informal collaboration, connecting authors and commenters. The network contains useful information when studying various outcomes (academic productivity, citation count), even above co-author networks. Among other things, we find that authors connecting otherwise distinct research communities publish less in top journals, but receive above journal-average citations, and that Female researchers are less often acknowledged than comparable male counterparts. Finally, we list the most central researchers in Financial Economics and study determinants of centrality.

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