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Submitted by e on

Folks in other (more science-y) academic disciplines are often surprised when they learn that RAs (especially field/implementation-related RAs) in economics are rarely included as co-authors. You could argue that we in econ exclude some people who constitute vital inputs into the research production function from getting credit for research projects.

Does this limiting of co-authorship to the "intellectual" contributors date back to Solow's prof-and-RA days? Is it perhaps outdated in this new era of more complicated research production functions?