Location, Location, Location

The large majority of publications in economics journals consists of single-country studies.  Using data from the top five general-interest economics journals from 2000-2006, Stefan Dercon finds that 63% of articles were written about the US, 12% about the UK, less than 2% each about China and India, and 1.8% for all of sub-Saharan Africa.

Tyler Cowen proposes that among developing countries, Latin America is overrepresented in journals because of 1) time zone equivalence with the US, and 2) the relative ease of learning Spanish and Portuguese for English-speakers.  In the contest for global attention: geography matters.


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