It’s not what you know, but who: The role of connections in academia | vox | Higher Education and academic research |

To reduce favouritism in university promotions, Spain recently introduced a centralised system with random assignment of evaluators. This column presents evidence from a unique data set showing that favouritism still matters. Prior connections between candidates and evaluators have a dramatic impact on promotion. The net result is that outcomes are more random and candidates with many connections and from large universities benefit the most.

(...) - by Manuel F. Bagues and Natalia Zinovyeva, VOX, 16 September 2012