Department of Economics Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series

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Date(s) - 09/16/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Clark C307

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The Brown Bag Seminar Series offers current ECON graduate students the opportunity to present ongoing research or to workshop new ideas. The seminars are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm in Clark C307 and are open to everyone.

For more information on the series or specific seminars, please contact Wisnu Nugroho at or Ashish Sedai at

September 16th’s presenter is ECON Ph.D. graduate student Austin Landini.

Landini will be presenting his paper: “Social Ties in Academia: Evidence Against Editorial Favoritism.”

Abstract: In his 2018 REStat publication, Dr. Tomasso Colussi compiles a novel data set of author and editor characteristics from top four economics journals. Dr. Colussi finds an increase in publications connected to editors while in charge and argues that this result signals editorial favoritism. I present evidence that the editorial favoritism hypothesis does not attain in the data. We are not able to observe characteristics of rejected papers, or which out of multiple editors reviewed each publication. After accounting for degree of connection, publications are not more intensely connected to current editors than to former and future editors. Finally, the author’s main result may be driven by a sharp decrease in connected publications during the post-editorship period rather than by an increase in connected publications while in charge.