External influence as an indicator of scholarly importance

Chan, Ho Fai, Frey, Bruno, Gallus, Jana, Schaffner, Markus, Torgler, Benno, & Whyte, Stephen (2016) External influence as an indicator of scholarly importance. CESifo Economic Studies, 62(1), pp. 170-195.

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Abstract

Although the external influence of scholars has usually been approximated by publication and citation count, the array of scholarly activities is far more extensive. Today, new technologies, in particular Internet search engines, allow more accurate measurement of scholars' influence on societal discourse. Hence, in this article, we analyse the relation between the internal and external influence of 723 top economists using the number of pages indexed by Google and Bing as a measure of external influence. We not only identify a small association between these scholars’ internal and external influence but also a correlation between internal influence, as captured by receipt of such major academic awards as the Nobel Prize and John Bates Clark Medal, and the external prominence of the top 100 researchers (JEL Code: A11, A13, Z18).

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ID Code: 84714
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: academia, scholarly importance, role of economics, external and internal influence
DOI: 10.1093/cesifo/ifv010
ISSN: 1610-241X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2015 05:21
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2016 11:45

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