Working Paper BETA #2006-15

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Title : Do academic laboratories correspond to scientific communities? Evidence from a large European university

Author(s) : Rachel Levy, Paul Muller

Abstract : Although acknowledged as central in the economic literature, the issue of intra academic collaboration has been, insofar, relatively overlooked. This paper fills this gap by stressing the importance of communities in academic research. By analysing the publication behavior of researchers from a large European scientific university, we argue that in certain cases, the community level constitutes a relevant level for analysing the collaborative nature of scientific investigation. Indeed, the reality of research collaborations doesn’t always fit the institutional division of academic work provided by laboratories.

Key-words : Economics of Science, Knowledge Intensive Communities, Academic Collaborations, Social Network Analy

JEL Classification : L31 – O31 – O32