The Quantitative Turn in the History of Economics: Promises, Perils and Challenges

Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Methodology (December 2018)

17 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2018

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Beatrice Cherrier

CNRS; University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA

Andrej Svorenčík

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 19, 2018

Abstract

A quantitative turn in history of economic thought is looming. We argue that engineering it consicously is of crucial importance for historians of economics. We also highlight the limitations of quantitative techniques.Yet, the combination of qualitative and quantitative research could substantially enrich our narratives of the development of economics and its practice, of how ideas and tools disseminate and influence other spheres. A failed quantitative turn could lead our field to a house divided and, in the worst case, a civil war.

Keywords: quantitative history, epistemology, historiography, prosopography, network analysis

Suggested Citation

Cherrier, Beatrice and Svorenčík, Andrej, The Quantitative Turn in the History of Economics: Promises, Perils and Challenges (July 19, 2018). Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Methodology (December 2018) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3216530

Beatrice Cherrier (Contact Author)

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University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA ( email )

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Andrej Svorenčík

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

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