Is Peer Review in Decline?
Over the past decade there has been a decline in the fraction of papers in top economics journals written by economists from the highest-ranked economics departments. This paper documents this fact and uses additional data on publications and citations to assess various potential explanations. Several observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the Internet improves the ability of high-profile authors to disseminate their research without going through the traditional peer-review process.
I would like to thank the National Science Foundation (SES-0550897), the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Toulouse Network for Information Technology for their support. Tom Chang and Brandon Lehr provided valuable research assistance. I thank Markus Mobius for providing data. Susan Athey, Ofer Azar, Edward Glaeser, Drew Fudenberg, and Andrei Shleifer provided helpful comments. Greg Mankiw facilitated the dissemination of this paper by mentioning it in his blog. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Glenn Ellison, 2011. "Is Peer Review In Decline?," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 49(3), pages 635-657, 07. citation courtesy of