‘Economics Is What Economists Do’, But What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Paper for Annual History of Economic Thought Conference, University of Bristol, 3–5 September 1997

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Roger Backhouse

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Roger Middleton

University of Bristol - Faculty of Arts

Keith Tribe

University of Sussex - Department of History

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

This paper has two purposes: first, to survey existing quantitative analyses of economics and the economics profession; and, second, to suggest that a more rigorous quantitative approach towards certain aspects of the subject will not be possible until historians of economic thought take fuller advantage of available database resources and modern computing technology. This argument is sustained and illustrated by reference to the three author’s quantitative work on British and American economics and economists.

Keywords: quantitative; history of economic thought

JEL Classification: B00

Suggested Citation

Backhouse, Roger and Middleton, Roger and Tribe, Keith, ‘Economics Is What Economists Do’, But What Do the Numbers Tell Us? (1997). Paper for Annual History of Economic Thought Conference, University of Bristol, 3–5 September 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942733 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2942733

Roger Backhouse

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics ( email )

Economics Department
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Roger Middleton (Contact Author)

University of Bristol - Faculty of Arts ( email )

United Kingdom

Keith Tribe

University of Sussex - Department of History ( email )

United Kingdom

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