The Potential Benefits of Costly Applications in Grant Contests

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It is important to understand the externalities associated with participation in scientific grant contests -- private costs and social costs are not always the same.

How Important is Editorial Gatekeeping? Evidence from Top Biomedical Journals

with Josh Krieger and Ariel Stern

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Major biomedical journals tend to publish papers on the same scientific topics that their editors studied, but this effect likely plays a very small role in the publishing process -- increasing the churn of editors (e.g., via shorter tenures at journals) wouldn't change things much.

No Free Lunch? Welfare Analysis of Firms Selling Through Expert Intermediaries

with Matt Grennan, Ashley Swanson, and Aaron Chatterji

Is it good or bad when firms take doctors out to lunch? In the case we study -- cholesterol-lowering statins -- it seems like it's good for consumers because it drives certain doctors to prescribe more of these drugs that they'd otherwise not use enough.

Producing and Steering Researchers

with Eugenie Dugoua, Todd Gerarden, and Jacquelyn Pless

What does it cost the government to produce new researchers focused on specific technologies?