Credit History: The Changing Nature of Scientific Credit
This paper considers the role of the allocation of scientific credit in determining the organization of science. We examine changes in that organization and the nature of credit allocation in the past half century. Our contribution is a formal model of that organizational choice that considers scientist decisions to integrate, collaborate or publish and how credit should be allocated to foster efficient outcomes.
We thank Susan Scotchmer, Ben Jones and participants at the NBER Changing Frontier conference for helpful comments. Responsibility for all views expressed lies with the authors. The latest version of this paper is available at research.joshuagans.com The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Credit History: The Changing Nature of Scientific Credit, Joshua S. Gans, Fiona Murray. in The Changing Frontier: Rethinking Science and Innovation Policy, Jaffe and Jones. 2015