Nobel Students Beget Nobel Professors

  title={Nobel Students Beget Nobel Professors},
  author={Richard S. J. Tol},
  journal={SSRN Electronic Journal},
  • R. Tol
  • Published 10 July 2022
  • Economics
  • SSRN Electronic Journal
It is unclear whether the hierarchy in the economics profession is the result of the agglomeration of excellence or of nepotism. I con-struct the professor-student network for laureates of and candidates for the Nobel Prize in Economics. I study the effect of proximity to previous Nobelists on winning the Nobel Prize. Conditional on being Nobel-worthy, students and grandstudents of Nobel laureates are not significantly more or less likely to win. Professors of Nobel Prize winners, however, are… 
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