History of Economics and History of Science: A Comparative Look at Recent Work in Both Fields

In Research in the History of Economic Thought & Methodology, Vol. 28A, eds., Jeff E. Biddle and Ross B. Emmett (Emerald/JAI), 2010

24 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2009 Last revised: 28 Apr 2010

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Ross B. Emmett

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for the Study of Economic Liberty; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: June 18, 2009

Abstract

One way to evaluate whether the history of economics has moved toward the history of science is to compare recent work in both fields. In order to narrow the comparison in two rapidly expanding publication areas, I decided to examine two corresponding sets of literature in each field: the articles and books to which the History of Economics Society and the History of Science Society awarded their best article and best book prizes. The winners of the awards from both societies over the period from 2004 to 2008 form the basis for my comparison. What do the new studies in the history of science and economics look like? Do they look increasingly alike as they depart from the quest to judge the growth of scientific and economic knowledge by some set of external standards? Are these fields becoming unified, as some wish?

Keywords: history of economics, history of ideas, science studies, history of science, ideas in context, historiography of economics, history of economic thought, economics in context, science in context, biography

JEL Classification: B00

Suggested Citation

Emmett, Ross B., History of Economics and History of Science: A Comparative Look at Recent Work in Both Fields (June 18, 2009). In Research in the History of Economic Thought & Methodology, Vol. 28A, eds., Jeff E. Biddle and Ross B. Emmett (Emerald/JAI), 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1421897

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