Sharon G. Levin
University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63121
Institutional Affiliation: University of Missouri
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2009||The Impact of Information Technology on Scientists' Productivity, Quality and Collaboration Patterns|
with Waverly W. Ding, Paula E. Stephan, Anne E. Winkler: w15285
This study advances the prior literature concerning the impact of information technology on productivity in academe in two important ways. First, it utilizes a dataset that combines information on the diffusion of two noteworthy and early innovations in IT -- BITNET and the Domain Name System (DNS) -- with career history data on research-active life scientists. This research design allows for proper identification of the availability of access to IT as well as a means to directly identify causal effects. Second, the fine-grained nature of the data set allows for an investigation of three publishing outcomes: counts, quality, and co-authorship. Our analysis of a random sample of 3,771 research-active life scientists from 430 U.S. institutions over a 25-year period supports the hypothesis ...
Published: Ding, Waverly W., Sharon G. Levin, Paula E. Stepha n, and Anne E. Winkler. 2010. “ The Impact of Information Technology on Scientists’ Productivity, Quality and Collaboration Patterns . ” Management Science 56(9): 1439 -‐ 1461 .