DP14376 Peer Effects in Academic Research: Senders and Receivers

Author(s): Clément Bosquet, Pierre-Philippe Combes, Emeric Henry, Thierry Mayer
Publication Date: February 2020
Keyword(s): economics of science, gender publication gap, peer e?ects, Research productivity
JEL(s): I23, J16, J24
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, International Trade and Regional Economics
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Using an instrument based on a national contest in France determining researchers' location, we fi?nd evidence of peereffects in academia, when focusing on precise groups of senders (producing the spillovers) and receivers (benefi?ting from the spillovers),defi?ned based on fi?eld of specialisation, gender and age. These peereffects are shown to exist even outside formal co-authorship relationships. Furthermore, the match between the characteristics of senders and receivers plays a critical role. In particular, men benefi?t a lot from peer effects provided by men, while all other types of gender combinations produce spillovers twice as small.