Certified Random: A New Order for Coauthorship

Debraj Ray, Arthur Robson

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    Alphabetical name order is the norm for joint publications in economics. However, alphabetical order confers greater benefits on the first author. In a two-author model, we introduce and study certified random order: the uniform randomization of names made universally known by a commonly understood symbol. Certified random order (i) distributes the gain from first authorship evenly over the alphabet; (ii) allows either author to signal when contributions are extremely unequal; (iii) will invade an environment where alphabetical order is dominant; (iv) is robust to deviations; (v) may be ex ante more efficient than alphabetical order; and (vi) is no more complex than the existing alphabetical system modified by occasional reversal of name order.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)489-520
    Number of pages32
    JournalAmerican Economic Review
    Volume108
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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    In: American Economic Review, Vol. 108, No. 2, 01.02.2018, p. 489-520.

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    Ray, Debraj ; Robson, Arthur. / Certified Random : A New Order for Coauthorship. In: American Economic Review. 2018 ; Vol. 108, No. 2. pp. 489-520.
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