2022 Student Research Project | Social network analysis of collaboration patterns among economists in China based on Chinese- and English-language publications

Supervisor: Gergely Horvath, Assistant Professor of Economics

Student Researchers

Wanqi Hu is a senior student at Duke Kunshan University, majoring in data science, and decides to pursue her study in interdisciplinary data science field after graduation. She takes charge of constructing and cleaning dataset, as well as conducting social network analysis in the project.

Ruoxian Jiang is a senior student at Duke Kunshan University, majoring in data science, and hopes to pursue her study in Master of Finance after graduation. She is interested in networks of collaboration and corporate finance. She is mainly responsible for crawling the original data from websites and cleaning the data for further analysis and model building in this project.

About the Project

In this project, we analyze the collaboration network among Chinese economists for the period between 2010 and 2021, during which the economics profession has gone through a great transformation in China. We collected publication data from more than 350 journals using the Scopus and CNKI databases, considering both English- and Chinese-language publication outlets. By analyzing the structure of the collaboration network at both the university and individual levels, we have identified key universities and superstar economists in these networks, and found convergence in the patterns of collaboration between the English- and Chinese-language publication networks, where the English one has shown increasing integration over time. We obtain that the university-level network can be described as a core-periphery network with 985 universities in the core, while the individual-level collaboration network as a small world connected by superstar economists.

Poster Presentation