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Citation Patterns in Economics and Beyond

Matthias Aistleitner, Jakob Kapeller () and Stefan Steinerberger ()
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Stefan Steinerberger: Yale University, Department of Mathematics

No 85, Working Papers Series from Institute for New Economic Thinking

Abstract: In this paper we comparatively explore three claims concerning the disciplinary character of economics by means of citation analysis. The three claims under study are: (1) economics exhibits strong forms of institutional stratification and, as a byproduct, a rather pronounced internal hierarchy, (2) economists strongly conform to institutional incentives and (3) modern mainstream economics is a largely self-referential intellectual project mostly inaccessible to disciplinary or paradigmatic outsiders. The validity of these claims is assessed by means of an interdisciplinary comparison of citation patterns aiming to identify peculiar characteristics of economic discourse. In doing so, we emphasize that citation data can always be interpreted in different ways, thereby focusing on the contrast between a `cognitive` and an `evaluative` approach towards citation data.

Keywords: citation patterns; economics; interdisciplinary; scientometrics; sociology of economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 A12 A14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2018-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hme, nep-hpe, nep-ore and nep-sog
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