DP14376 Peer Effects in Academic Research: Senders and Receivers
Using an instrument based on a national contest in France determining researchers’ location, we ﬁnd evidence of peer eﬀects in academia, when focusing on precise groups of senders (producing the spillovers) and receivers (beneﬁting from the spillovers), deﬁned based on ﬁeld of specialisation, gender and age. These peer eﬀects 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 beneﬁt a lot from peer eﬀects provided by men, while all other types of gender combinations produce spillovers twice as small.