This post is part of a monthly series seeking to answer the question: what’s being read by academics with an interest in entrepreneurship?
The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) pulls a top ten list for papers in the Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Network (ERPN). This list pulls the top ten papers of all time in this group, as well as the recent papers from the last 60 days.
Over the past five months, I’ve reviewed the top papers overall each month, and in September I began pulling top downloads of new papers.
During this time, I’ve noticed a lot of different trends in top papers. This month, I want to review some of those trends, and once again show the top new papers from the last 60 days.
I track four categories of papers: Economics, Finance, Law, and Management/Strategy.
The most common downloaded paper category is Management/Strategy at 33 percent of top downloads.
Finance makes up 29 percent of top downloads.
Law makes up 20 percent of top downloads.
Economics makes up 18 percent of top downloads.
More specifically put, papers on crowdfunding have been in the top downloads overall every month that I have been tracking. The top topics:
19 percent of top paper downloads have been about crowdfunding.
9 percent of top paper downloads have been about intellectual property.
8 percent of top paper downloads have been about patents.
Of the new papers during the latest 60-day period (September-October), here is what has been the most downloaded.
It’s clear which trends are emerging overall within the field, as well as which topics bubble up depending on the month. Overtime we can determine which topics and papers have the greatest stickiness factor to them.
Keep up with this series to follow the latest trends in entrepreneurship papers.
For other related papers, check out SSRN’s Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Network.