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21-10-2022

Collaboration as communication: writing with Geoffrey Brennan

Author: Loren Lomasky

Published in: Public Choice | Issue 3-4/2022

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Coauthorship comes in at least two importantly distinct species,1 both incorporating gains from trade. The first I call Ricardian collaboration. Each author contributes that component for which she possesses a comparative advantage. For example, the authors may possess expertise in different historical periods; one gracefully manipulates mathematical formulae while the other shares access to a cache of proprietary datasets. Note that beyond the agreement to pool their individual efforts, Ricardian collaborators may act largely independently of the other(s). Coauthorship in the natural sciences typically is Ricardian with a vengeance, each of a dozen or more contributors fulfilling a specialized function, such as principal investigator, that may, but need not, involve putting any words on pages. …

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Footnotes
1
Although I believe these to be the most important species of authorial collaboration, it is acknowledged that they are not exhaustive. A third, for example, may be for the authors to maximize the number of entries in their respective CVs.
 
2
I recently refereed a paper arguing that the probability of one’s vote being decisive actually is much larger than what is commonly maintained in the literature. I confessed to the journal editor that although sophisticated probability theory is far beyond my area of expertise, I remained unpersuaded that this is the most satisfactory response to the problem of rational abstention.
 
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Metadata
Title
Collaboration as communication: writing with Geoffrey Brennan
Author
Loren Lomasky
Publication date
21-10-2022
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Public Choice / Issue 3-4/2022
Print ISSN: 0048-5829
Electronic ISSN: 1573-7101
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-022-01010-3

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