Do Economists Swing for the Fences after Tenure?
AbstractUsing a sample of all academics who pass through top 50 economics and finance departments from 1996 through 2014, we study whether the granting of tenure leads faculty to pursue riskier ideas. We use the extreme tails of ex-post citations as our measure of risk and find that both the number of publications and the portion consisting of "home runs" peak at tenure and fall steadily for a decade thereafter. Similar patterns hold for faculty at elite (top 10) institutions and for faculty who take differing time to tenure. We find the opposite pattern among poorly cited publications: their numbers rise post-tenure.
CitationBrogaard, Jonathan, Joseph Engelberg, and Edward Van Wesep. 2018. "Do Economists Swing for the Fences after Tenure?" Journal of Economic Perspectives, 32 (1): 179-94. DOI: 10.1257/jep.32.1.179
- A11 Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
- A20 Economic Education and Teaching of Economics: General