Kässi, Otto and Westling, Tatu (2011): Economics of Smash-Hit Papers: Spillover Evidence from the 'Male Organ Incident'.
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This study explores the short-run spillover effects of popular research papers. We consider the publicity of 'Male Organ and Economic Growth: Does Size Matter?' as an exogenous shock to economics discussion paper demand, a natural experiment of a sort. In particular, we analyze how the very substantial visibility influenced the downloads of Helsinki Center of Economic Research discussion papers. Difference in differences and regression discontinuity analysis are conducted to elicit the spillover patterns. This study finds that the spillover effect to average economics paper demand is positive and statistically significant. It seems that hit papers increase the exposure of previously less downloaded papers. We find that part of the spillover effect could be attributable to Internet search engines' influence on browsing behavior. Conforming to expected patterns, papers residing on the same web page as the hit paper evidence very significant increases in downloads which also supports the spillover thesis.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Economics of Smash-Hit Papers: Spillover Evidence from the 'Male Organ Incident'|
|Keywords:||scholarly spillover; media; blogs; downloads; natural experiment; difference in differences; regression discontinuity design|
|Subjects:||C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C2 - Single Equation Models ; Single Variables > C21 - Cross-Sectional Models ; Spatial Models ; Treatment Effect Models ; Quantile Regressions
A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A11 - Role of Economics ; Role of Economists ; Market for Economists
|Depositing User:||Tatu Westling|
|Date Deposited:||05. Sep 2011 11:25|
|Last Modified:||26. Apr 2015 11:10|
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