Why do economists publish less?

Tolga Yuret*

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We estimate that the economists publish much less than their colleagues in natural sciences, health and engineering disciplines even after we control for the quality of the publications. A possible explanation for the poor performance of economists is that the journals specialized in economics have a smaller capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)760-762
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


A comparison of academic performances across different academic fields is done in many occasions. The academic ranking of the universities requires aggregation of performances over all academic fields. A dean compares the academic performance of a chemist and an economist for a tenure or a promotion decision. An NSF grant officer evaluates the publication records of a mathematician and a physicist.

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National Science Foundation


    • academic ranking
    • bibliometrics
    • publication performance
    • tenure


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