The Matthew effect for cohorts of economists

Richard S J Tol*

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This paper applies the Ijiri-Simon test for systematic deviations from Gibrat's law to citation numbers of economists. It is found that often-cited researchers attract new citation numbers that are disproportionate to the quality of their work. It is also found that this Matthew effect is stronger for economists who started their academic career earlier.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-527
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Informetrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Matthew effect

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