On Publication, Refereeing, and Working Hard

Sascha Baghestanian, Sergey V. Popov

Research output: Working paper


We present a model for academia with heterogeneous author types and endogenous effort to evaluate recent changes in the publication process in Economics. We analyze the implications of these developments on research output. Lowering the precision of refereeing signals lowers effort choices of golden middle authors, but invites more submissions from less able authors. Increasing the number of journals stimulates less able authors to submit their papers. The editor can improve the journal's quality pool of submitted manuscripts by improving the precision of refereeing, but not by lowering acceptance standards. The submission strategy of an author is informative of his ability.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2014


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