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NEA Presidential Address: Black Economists of the World You Cite!!

Abstract

Economists who publish research in the economics and political economy of race seem averse to citing similar research by black economists. As citations are an important determinant of success as a research economist, black economists can possibly offset the aversion of non-black economists in citing black economists, by citing black economists themselves. This NEA Presidential address considers the relevance of black economist citations, and evaluates the extent to which black economists cite other black economists.

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  1. Price (2006) finds that the typical Ph.D. granting economics department does not have a black economist on faculty. This phenomenon also appears to be longstanding, spanning upwards to a century.

  2. SCOPUS is an electronic abstract and citation database located at www.scopus.com. It is updated daily and as of December, 2007 included abstract/citation data from 15,000 peer-reviewed journals, over 1000 Open Access, 500 conference proceedings, over 600 trade publications, 33 million abstracts, 386 million scientific web pages, and 21 million patent records. Citations in SCOPUS are based on references starting in 1996.

  3. See www.scopus.com.

  4. To be precise, excluding self-citations, I will cite the work of approximately 100 black economists. Another contribution, as I see it, is that I will also be self-conscious and deliberate in citing the research of black economists published in the Review of Black Political Economy. In addition to having an aversion to citing the published research of black economists, Mason et al. (2005) show that there appears to be an aversion by economists to citing scientific contributions published in the Review of Black Political Economy.

  5. See www.aeaweb.org for the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) field classifications.

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This paper constitutes a Presidential Address to the National Economic Association at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 5, 2008.

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