Guilt by association : how scientific misconduct harms prior collaborators


Hussinger, Katrin ; Pellens, Maikel


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/43688
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-436888
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 17-051
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O31 , O33,
Keywords (English): Scientific misconduct , prior collaborators , stigma
Abstract: Recent highly publicized cases of scientific misconduct have raised concerns about its consequences for academic careers. Previous and anecdotal evidence suggests that these reach far beyond the fraudulent scientist and her career, affecting coauthors and institutions. Here we show that the negative effects of scientific misconduct spill over to uninvolved prior collaborators: compared to a control group, prior collaborators of misconducting scientists, who have no link to the misconduct case, are cited 8 to 9% less afterwards. We suggest that the mechanism underlying this phenomenon is stigmatization by mere association. The result suggests that scientific misconduct generates large indirect costs in the form of mistrust against a wider range of research findings than was previously assumed. The broad fallout of misconduct implies that potential whistleblowers might be disinclined to make their concerns public in order to protect their own reputation and career.

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Hussinger, Katrin ; Pellens, Maikel (2017) Guilt by association : how scientific misconduct harms prior collaborators. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 17-051 [Working paper]
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