Productivity and Mobility in Academic Research: Evidence from Mathematicians

Dubois, Pierre, Rochet, Jean-Charles and Schlenker, Jean-Marc (2010) Productivity and Mobility in Academic Research: Evidence from Mathematicians. TSE Working Paper, n. 12-307, Toulouse

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Using an exhaustive database on academic publications in mathematics, we study the patterns of productivity by world mathematicians over the period 1984-2006. We uncover some surprising facts, such as the absence of age related decline in productivity and the relative symmetry of international movements, rejecting the presumption of a massive ”brain drain” towards the U.S. Looking at the U.S. academic market in mathematics, we analyze the determinants of success by top departments. In conformity with recent studies in other fields, we find that selection effects are much stronger than local interaction effects: the best departments are most successful in hiring the most promising mathematicians, but not necessarily at stimulating positive externalities among them. Finally we analyze the impact of career choices by mathematicians: mobility almost always pays, but early specialization does not.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: October 2010
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: faculty productivity, organization of research, peer effects in science
JEL codes: D85 - Network Formation and Analysis - Theory
I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
L31 - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:25
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 13:53

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