Quantifying Some of the Impacts of Economics Blogs

  title={Quantifying Some of the Impacts of Economics Blogs},
  author={David McKenzie and Berk {\"O}zler},
  journal={Economic Development and Cultural Change},
  pages={567 - 597}
Economics blogs represent a significant change in the way research on development economics is discussed and disseminated, yet little is known about the impact of this new medium. Using surveys of development researchers and practitioners, along with experimental and nonexperimental techniques, we try to quantify some of the blogs’ effects. We find that links from blogs cause a striking increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Furthermore, blogging raises the… 

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