E. Han Kim
University of Michigan
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|May 2010||Universities as Firms: The Case of US Overseas Programs|
with Min Zhu
in American Universities in a Global Market, Charles T. Clotfelter, editor
|September 2006||What Has Mattered to Economics Since 1970|
with Adair Morse, Luigi Zingales: w12526
We compile the list of articles published in major refereed economics journals during the last 35 years that have received more than 500 citations. We document major shifts in the mode of contribution and in the importance of different sub-fields: Theory loses out to empirical work, and micro and macro give way to growth and development in the 1990s. While we do not witness any decline in the primacy of production in the United States over the period, the concentration of institutions within the U.S. hosting and training authors of the highly-cited articles has declined substantially.
Published: Kim, Han, Adair Morse, and Luigi Zingales. “What Has Mattered to Economics Since 1970." Journal of Economic Perspectives 20, 4 (2006): 189-202. citation courtesy of
|May 2006||Are Elite Universities Losing Their Competitive Edge?|
with Adair Morse, Luigi Zingales: w12245
We study the location-specific component in research productivity of economics and finance faculty who have ever been affiliated with the top 25 universities in the last three decades. We find that there was a positive effect of being affiliated with an elite university in the 1970s; this effect weakened in the 1980s and disappeared in the 1990s. We decompose this university fixed effect and find that its decline is due to the reduced importance of physical access to productive research colleagues. We also find that salaries increased the most where the estimated externality dropped the most, consistent with the hypothesis that the de-localization of this externality makes it more difficult for universities to appropriate any rent. Our results shed some light on the potential effects of th...
Published: Kim, E. Han & Morse, Adair & Zingales, Luigi, 2009. "Are elite universities losing their competitive edge?," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 93(3), pages 353-381, September. citation courtesy of