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Scooped! Estimating Rewards for Priority in Science∗

  title={Scooped! Estimating Rewards for Priority in Science∗},
  author={Ryan Hill and Carolyn Stein},
The scientific community assigns credit or “priority” to individuals who publish an important discovery first. We examine the impact of losing a priority race (colloquially known as getting “scooped”) on subsequent publication and career outcomes. To do so, we take advantage of data from structural biology where the nature of the scientific process together with the Protein Data Bank — a repository of standardized research discoveries — enables us to identify priority races and their outcomes… 
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* Hill: Department of Economics, MIT (email: ryanhill@ mit.edu); Stein: Department of Economics, MIT (email: cstein@mit.edu); Williams: Department of Economics, Stanford University (email:


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