Correction - Diamond A. "Measurement, incentives and constraints in Stigler ’s economics of science " Euro. J. History of Economic Thought 12:4 635 – 661 December 2005

Eugene Garfield garfield at CODEX.CIS.UPENN.EDU
Fri Mar 24 12:13:11 EST 2006

In the earlier posting of the article about George J. Stigler, the 1982
winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, a typographical error identified
him as a novelist rather than Nobelist — an unfortunate slip of the finger.

Email: adiamond at

AUTHOR  :  Arthur Diamond

TITLE   :  Measurement, incentives and constraints in Stigler’s
           economics of science

SOURCE  : Euro. J. History of Economic Thought 12:4 635 – 661 December 2005

ADDRESS : University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska


George J. Stigler’s seminal role as one of the founders of the economics of
science is summarized and evaluated. His main contribution rests in his
asking an array of important questions and arguing persuasively for the
application of empirical, and especially statistical, techniques to the
answering of those questions. He asks whether and how science progresses;
whether a scientist’s biography is important in understanding his science;
what characteristics of a scientist are most complementary to success in
science; and how the professionalization of science redirects the attention
of scientists more toward internal puzzle-solving, and less toward applied

Includes discussion of Stigler’s contributions to citation analysis.

Readers of Sigmetrics are encouraged to visit the web site of Prof. Arthur
M. Diamond, a pioneer in he use of citation analysis in the field of
economics. The url for his recent paper on the Nobelist George Stigler is
provided above, but access to many more of his works can be found at his
personal web page::

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