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The impact of economics blogs
 
Author:McKenzie, David; Ozler, Berk; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5783
Country:World; Date Stored:2011/08/29
Document Date:2011/08/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Information Security & Privacy; Tertiary Education; Economic Theory & Research; E-Business; Agricultural Knowledge and Information SystemsLanguage:English
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS5783
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: There is a proliferation of economics blogs, with increasing numbers of economists attracting large numbers of readers, yet little is known about the impact of this new medium. Using a variety of experimental and non-experimental techniques, this study quantifies some of their effects. First, links from blogs cause a striking increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Second, blogging raises the profile of the blogger (and his or her institution) and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records. Finally, a blog can transform attitudes about some of the topics it covers.

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