Citation success over time: Theory or empirics?

David Johnston, Marco Piatti, Benno Torgler

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This study investigates the citation patterns of theoretical and empirical papers published in a top economics journal, namely American Economic Review, over a period of almost 30 years, while also exploring the determinants of citation success. The results indicate that empirical papers attract more citation success than theoretical studies. However, the pattern over time is very similar. Moreover, among empirical papers it appears that the cross-country studies are more successful than single country studies focusing on North America data or other regions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023 - 1029
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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