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Webinar by Myra Mohnen: Stars and Brokers: Knowledge Spillovers among Medical Scientists


Myra Mohnen

University of Essex












February the 27th, 2018 -

11:00 GMT to 12:00 GMT.



Event will be held online

TECHNIS is pleased to invite you to a free webinar. TECHNIS webinars focus on IP and innovation examining recent legal, economic, managerial, ethical and policy issues related to technological innovation. Our approach is interdisciplinary and presentations are given by experts in different fields such as economics, law, management, STS, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. Webinar presentations last for 20min and are followed by a 40min discussion.

Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday the 27th of February 2018 at 11:00 GMT. The speaker is Myra Mohnen, University of Essex.


The title of the talk is “Stars and Brokers: Knowledge Spillovers among Medical Scientists”.


The moderator will be Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos.


The program we use to deliver webinars is called VSee and you can easily download it for free. A very short demo of VSee can be found at


This webinar is free and open to all.


To participate and for further information, please contact Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos at least a day prior to the seminar.


Abstract: Scientists are embedded in a community in which knowledge is shared. While the importance of peer effects in science is well-established, the focus of this paper is novel in that it studies the influence of network position on these effects. Using a new measure, brokerage degree, I show that network position is crucial in determining scientific production by facilitating access to other scientists’ non-redundant knowledge through coauthorship links. Identification results from variation in the position of stars who died unexpectedly. Heterogeneity in treatment effects - losing a star-coauthor - is on the same order of magnitude as average treatment effects.



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