COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

CSS SEMINAR - FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 - GEORG

Friday, January 29, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
3rd Floor, Research Hall

Thirteen Facts about Informal Collaboration in Financial Economics

Co-Pierre Georg, Senior Lecturer
School of Economics
University of Cape Town
and with the African Institute of Financial Markets
and Risk Management

ABSTRACT: Collaboration is increasingly important for the production of knowledge. Academics collaborate formally by writing papers together, but most collaboration is informal. Examining the acknowledgements of 2782 scholarly articles in financial economics, we show that (i) Informal collaboration is prevalent and even more so for publications in top journals; (ii) There is a democratization in access to informal collaboration, but not in access to top journals; (iii) Authors of articles in top journals travel more to collaborate informally; (iv) The flow of information in the social network of informal collaboration is dominated by researchers publishing in top journals. Our results provide a unique view on the flow of information in the production of knowledge and help understand productivity differentials.