The role of conferences on the pathway to academic impact: Evidence from a natural experiment

Fernanda L. L. de Leon, Ben McQuillin

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Abstract

We provide evidence for the effectiveness of conferences in promoting academic impact, by exploiting the cancellation—due to “Hurricane Isaac”—of the 2012 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. We assembled a dataset of 29,142 articles and quantified conference effects, using difference-in-differences regressions. Within four years of being presented at the conference, an article's likelihood of becoming cited increases by five percentage points. We decompose the effects by authorship and provide an account of the underlying mechanisms. Overall, our findings point to the role of short term face-to-face interactions in the formation and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-193
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Volume55
Issue number1
Early online date5 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • effects of conferences
  • diffusion of scientific knowledge
  • PROFESSORS
  • COSTS
  • MEDICAL CONFERENCES
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • OUTCOMES

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