, Volume 106, Issue 3, pp 917–943 | Cite as

Human capital, collegiality, and stardom in economics: empirical analysis

  • João R. Faria
  • Franklin G. MixonJr.
  • Kamal P. Upadhyaya


This study investigates the importance of collegiality (i.e., good colleagues) and the quality of human capital investment in fostering the development and growth of stars in the field of economics, where stardom is measured by way of receipt of the John Bates Clark Medal, arguably the second-most prestigious award in economics. We provide a vignette as a foundation for both qualitative and quantitative analysis using Egghe’s g-Index. Our results indicate that three institutions, namely Chicago, Harvard and MIT, with secondary consideration to Princeton, generally rank highest in fostering the growth and development of stars in the field of economics.


Stardom in economics Human capital formation Collegiality Scientometrics John Bates Clark Medal 

JEL Classification

A10 A14 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João R. Faria
    • 1
  • Franklin G. MixonJr.
    • 2
  • Kamal P. Upadhyaya
    • 3
  1. 1.MPA ProgramUniversity of Texas – El PasoEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.Center for Economic EducationColumbus State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of New HavenWest HavenUSA

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