Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

The Reverse Matthew Effect: Catastrophe and Consequence in Scientific Teams

What are the individual rewards to working in teams? This question extends across many production settings, including science and innovation, where the "Matthew Effect" suggests that eminent team members garner credit for great works at the expense of less eminent team members. We study this "rich get richer" phenomenon in reverse, investigating how article retractions, i.e. embarrassing episodes, affect citations to authors' prior publications. We find that retractions impose little citation penalty on eminent coauthors. By contrast, the less eminent coauthors face substantial citation declines, and especially when teamed with an eminent author. A Bayesian model provides a candidate interpretation.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.
Contact Information:

Teresa Kabat

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road, Room 258
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Susan Feng Lu, Ph.D., Purdue University
Sponsored by: Economics Department
The Reverse Matthew Effect


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