Do the best scholars attract the highest speaking fees? An exploration of internal and external influence

Chan, Ho Fai, Frey, Bruno S., Gallus, Jana, Schaffner, Markus, Torgler, Benno, & Whyte, Stephen (2014) Do the best scholars attract the highest speaking fees? An exploration of internal and external influence. Scientometrics, 101(1), pp. 793-817.

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This study investigates whether academics can capitalize on their external prominence (measured by the number of pages indexed on Google, TED talk invitations or New York Times bestselling book successes) and internal success within academia (measured by publication and citation performance) in the speakers’ market. The results indicate that the larger the number of web pages indexing a particular scholar, the higher the minimum speaking fee. Invitations to speak at a TED event, or making the New York Times Best Seller list is also positively correlated with speaking fees. Scholars with a stronger internal impact or success also achieve higher speaking fees. However, once external impact is controlled, most metrics used to measure internal impact are no longer statistically significant.

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ID Code: 78816
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Academic performance, Scholarly Importance, Social importance of scientists, External and internal influence, Book prizes, Book bestsellers, TED talks
DOI: 10.1007/s11192-014-1379-3
ISSN: 0138-9130
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Akademiai Kiado, Budapest, Hungary
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2014 23:35
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 08:01

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