'Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who Is the Most Central of Them All?'
We examine the flow of information among financial economists. Using acknowledgements of 2782 scholarly articles published in financial economics, we first describe informal collaboration in our profession. Informal collaboration is prevalent, but its extent differs with journal reputation. Then we construct a social network connecting 9463 researchers and establish that conventional networks like citation and co-author networks underestimate the flow of information. We then rank financial economists according to their centrality in the network and explore the determinants of high centrality rankings using detailed CV data. Among other things, a PhD from a better ranked department is associated with a better centrality ranking, but the rank of the current affiliation has no effect.
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