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Global dynamics and country-level development in academic economics: An explorative cognitive-bibliometric study

Ernest Aigner

SRE-Disc from Institute for Multilevel Governance and Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Abstract: The structure of academic economics has received a fair amount of attention within and beyond the discipline. Less focus has been given the interdependencies of country and global dynamics. Building and advancing this tradition, this explorative study examines geographic variation and country specific developments in research practices in academic economics. More specifically I investigate the interdependencies of global dynamics with country-level developments in the US, Germany, UK, France, Switzerland and Austria. To that purpose the study investigates a large-scale data set using inequality measures and social network analysis. The dataset analysed in this study comprises 453,863 articles published in 477 journals citing each other a total of 3,807,289 times. This exploratory study confirms the high level of concentration and finds similar trends on the country level. Further, an international convergence in the discipline can be observed, possibly limiting the place-specific relevance of knowledge created in academic economics.

Keywords: economic sociology; academic economics; citation analysis; heterodox economics; concentration; geography of economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B00 B3 B5 N00 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2021
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