The performance of Latin American research on economics & business

  • Guillermo Armando Ronda-PupoEmail author


This paper aims to evaluate the citation-based performance of Latin American research on economics and business using scale-adjusted indicators. The results show that scale-invariant properties govern the Latin American research output in the Economics & Business discipline. Power law aptly describes the distribution of citation impacts with exponent \(\alpha \approx - 2.27 \pm 0.05\). Likewise, the Latin American citation impact and the size of the fields in the discipline of Economics & Business correlate according to a power law with scaling exponent \(\alpha \approx 1.13 \pm 0.07\). The results suggest that to accurately evaluate the citation-based performance of this research field, the use of scale-invariant indicators is necessary. Furthermore, the results show the efficacy of scale-adjusted indicators when comparing research fields of vastly different sizes.


Citation impact Power-law Relative impact Scale-independent indicator Scale-adjusted indicator Self-similarity 

Mathematics Subject Classification

00 62 

JEL Classification




We express our gratitude to the two reviewers for their encouraging observations and to Herman Aguinis, Luis Ángel Guerras-Martín, Lutz Bornmann, Sundaresan Naranan, and Ronald Rousseau for their interesting suggestions to a previous version of the manuscript.

Author contributions

GARP designed the study and prepared the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, and wrote the manuscript.


FONDECYT Chile financed this research. Grant Number: 1180200.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de AdministraciónUniversidad Católica del NorteAntofagastaChile
  2. 2.Departamento de TurismoUniversidad de HolguínHolguínCuba

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