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Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in Hurricane Isaac

Campos, R., Lopez de Leon, F., McQuillin, B. (2018) Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in Hurricane Isaac. The Economic Journal, 128 (610). pp. 995-1018. ISSN 0013-0133. (doi:10.1111/ecoj.12566) (KAR id:63543)

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By exploiting the cancellation of the 2012 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, we investigate the role of conferences in facilitating academic collaboration. We assembled datasets comprising 17,467 academics, and in difference-in-differences analysis we find that the conference cancellation led to a decrease in individuals' likelihood of co-authoring an article with another attendant by sixteen percent. Moreover, collaborations formed among attendants of (occurring) conferences are associated with more successful co-publications: an effect which is sharpest for teams that are new or non-collocated. Conferences seem to de-cluster the co-authorship network. Altogether, our findings demonstrate the importance of conferences in scientific production.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/ecoj.12566
Uncontrolled keywords: conference effects, collaboration, formation of teams, production in science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2017 11:24 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 15:23 UTC
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