A new form of discrimination

A fascinating article finds that the top economics departments have a disproportionate number of people with surnames that begin with letters that come early in the alphabet.  The reason is that in economics joint papers are common and that the authors are listed in alphabetical order.  As a result, people with letters that come late in the alphabet will not appear to be as prominent.

Einav, Liran and Leeat Yariv. 2006. “What’s in a Surname? The Effects of Surname Initials on Academic Success.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20: 1 (Winter): pp. 175-88.

3 comments so far

  1. dsquared on

    I can’t believe that even in his own article, Yaariv got screwed into second place.

  2. sheila on

    great idea\’r!

  3. Bankruptcy Attorneys on

    Really nice site you have here. I’ve been reading for a while but this post made me want to say 2 thumbs up. Keep up the great work


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