Workshop (November 2013)



When: 8-10 November, 2013

Where: Global Learning Center in Technology Square Atlanta, Georgia

Program and Participants

8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Welcome and Introduction, Joshua Gans
9:00 am Session 1: Scientific Stars

Ajay Agrawal, John McHale, Alex Oettl, “Why Stars Matter”

10:30 am Break
11:00 am Session 2: Recognition
Sadao Nagaoka, “Author recognitions in scientific research: evidence from scientists survey in the US and Japan”
12:00 Lunch and Talk on Contribution Science by Grant Miller, Zooniverse
1:30 pm Session 3: Attribution

Joshua Gans and Fiona Murray, “Markets for Scientific Attribution”

2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Session 4: PhD Contributions

Min Ren, “Standardization and Knowledge Accumulation”

Robert Vesco, “The Impact of Public vs. Private Peer Recognition on Feedback to Innovators” 
Florenta Teodoridis, “Generalists, Specialists and the Direction of Scientific Research: Evidence from Kinect”

Discussants: Alberto Galasso, Christian Catalini, and Scott Stern






When: October 25th, 2012

Where: NBER hosted at Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA

Official Program


As part of the Program on the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution, we will hold annual workshops to bring together researchers on issues related to the contribution economy. The first of these workshops was held in Cambridge, MA, in October. It had three main sessions focussing on Open Access Publications, Open Science and Collaboration and Selection in Science. Researchers from around the world participated. There was also a panel discussion on open access to research publications and data to identify outstanding questions for exploration in this area.

Program and Participants

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome and Introduction, Joshua Gans
8:45 am Session 1: Open Access Publications
Mark McCabe, University of Michigan
Christopher Snyder, Dartmouth College and NBER
The Economics of Open-Access Journals
Frank Mueller-Langer, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Richard Watt, University of Canterbury
Optimal Pricing and Quality of Academic Journals and the Ambiguous Welfare Effects of Forced Open Access: A Two-Sided Model
Timo Boppart, University of Zurich
Kevin E. Staub, University of Zurich
Online Accessibility of Academic Articles and the Diversity Of Economics
Giovanni B. Ramello, University of Eastern Piedmont
Open Access Journals & Academics’ Behaviors (Slides)
Discussant:  Christian Zimmermann, University of Connecticut
10:45 am Break
11:15 am Session 2: Open Science
Lin Jiang, University of Missouri
Jerry Thursby, Georgia Institute of Technology
Marie Thursby, Georgia Institute of Technology and NBER
Scientific Disclosure and the Faces of Competition
Chiara Franzoni, Politecnico di Milano
Henry Sauermann, Georgia Institute of Technology

Crowd Science:The Organization of Scientific Research in Open Collaborative Projects


Discussant:  Pierre Azoulay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Session 3: Collaboration and Selection in Science
Kevin Boudreau, London Business School
Eva C. Guinan, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Karim Lakhani, Harvard University
Christoph Riedl, Harvard University
A Bias for “Normal” Science? Field Evidence from Medical Research Funding Proposal Evaluations
Ajay K. Agrawal, University of Toronto and NBER
Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto
Florenta Teodoridis, University of TorontoDoes Knowledge Accumulation Increase the Returns to Collaboration? Evidence from the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Paul David, Stanford University
Cooperation, Creativity and Closure in Scientific Research Networks: Modeling the Simpler Dynamics of Invisible Colleges
Discussant:  Danielle Li, Northwestern University
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm Panel Session
How funders and journals are dealing with practical problems and challenges associated with access to data, materials and methods developed by the scientific communityModerator:  Fiona Murray, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyPanelists:  Kent Anderson, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery andJulia L. Greenstein, JDRF
5:30 pm Adjourn
6:00 pm Conference Dinner – Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT