Diversity in economics: an analysis of journal quality perceptions

Kostas Axarloglou, Vasilis Theoharakis

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It is still debatable whether scientific diversity is a virtue or a disadvantage for the development of a discipline. Nonetheless, diversity among scientists with respect to their journal quality perceptions plays an important role in hiring and promotion decisions. In this article we examine the degree of diversity within economics based on the journal quality perceptions of 2,103 AEA economists worldwide. Specifically, we empirically test for factors that might explain differences in an economist's journal quality perceptions. These factors include an economist's geographic origin, school of thought, journal affiliation, field of specialization and research orientation. Indeed, we find that a significant degree of diversity in journal quality perceptions exists between economists that belong in different subgroups. These results might explain the frequent debates in tenure and promotion committees where journal standings are used for the evaluation of a researcher's output.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1402-1423
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of the European Economics Association
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • scientific diversity
  • development
  • discipline
  • journal quality perceptions
  • economics
  • geographic origin
  • school of thought
  • journal affiliation
  • field of specialization
  • research orientation


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