‘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
35 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2017
Date Written: 1997
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
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