The Citation Revolution Meets the Identification Revolution: An Introduction to the “New” Economics of Science

When: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Where: DA 5th fl
Speaker: Professor Pierre Azoulay
Organization: Associate Professor , MIT's Sloan School of Management, Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research Founder, Gifts of Athena
Sponsor: CCNR and Barabási Lab Seminar

In the past decade, increases in cheap commuting power has meant that it has become relatively easy to analyze citation data pertaining to individual bits of knowledge–scientific papers or patents–on a small scale. But it is the recent confluence of this citation revolution with the rise of the “identification movement” in empirical microeconomics, that has created a fortuitous set of circumstances propelling the field of economics of science forward. After reviewing these developments, I will provide three examples of research designs that leverage bibliometric information to produce novel and credible results of interest to science policy-makers.