Do Economists Swing for the Fences after Tenure? Journal Article uri icon



  • Using a sample of all academics who pass through top 50 economics and finance departments from 1996 through 2014, we study whether the granting of tenure leads faculty to pursue riskier ideas. We use the extreme tails of ex-post citations as our measure of risk and find that both the number of publications and the portion consisting of “home runs” peak at tenure and fall steadily for a decade thereafter. Similar patterns hold for faculty at elite (top 10) institutions and for faculty who take differing time to tenure. We find the opposite pattern among poorly cited publications: their numbers rise post-tenure.

publication date

  • February 1, 2018

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • December 17, 2018 11:27 AM

Full Author List

  • Brogaard J; Engelberg J; Van Wesep E

author count

  • 3

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0895-3309

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 179

end page

  • 194


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