Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-62417
Boppart, Timo; Staub, Kevin E (2012). Online accessibility of academic articles and the diversity of economics. Working paper series / Department of Economics 75, University of Zurich.
A key aspect of generating new ideas is drawing from different elements of preexisting knowledge and combining them into a new idea. In such a process, the diversity of ideas plays a central role. This paper examines the empirical question of how the internet affected the diversity of new research by making the existing literature accessible online. The internet marks a technological shock which affects how academic scientists search for and browse through published documents. Using article-level data from economics journals for the period 1991 to 2009, we document how online accessibility lead academic economists to draw from a more diverse set of literature, and to write articles which incorporated more diverse contents.
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|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
|JEL Classification:||A11, D83, O31, O33|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Digitization, online publication, bibliometrics, knowledge production function, recombinant growth, citations, networks, scholarly communication|
|Deposited On:||16 May 2012 12:58|
|Last Modified:||19 Mar 2013 13:02|
|Series Name:||Working paper series / Department of Economics|
|Number of Pages:||51|
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