Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Institutional Ties of Journal of Development Economics Authors and Editors



Sociologists of science such as Richard Whitley explain that official institutions may have a profound influence on the character and organization of science. We examine the ties of authors and editorial officers of the Journal of Development Economics (2002) to the World Bank, the IMF, and so on. “Ties” includes past or current employment, consultancy, grant, publication and presentation. Regarding the 124 authorships, we find that 75 percent have ties to the “Big 8” official development institutions, and 84 percent to official development institutions more broadly defined. Of the 26 editorial officers, we find that all have ties to the Big 8, all but one with ties of employment, consultancy, or grant. This article contains a link to the data (with individual identities redacted).


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A14, O19
Economic development, character, purpose, development institutions, Journal of Economic Development.
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