Citation Patterns in Economics and Beyond

24 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2018

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Matthias Aistleitner

Johannes Kepler University - ICAE

Jakob Kapeller

University of Duisburg-Essen - Institute for Socio-Economics; University of Linz - Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE)

Stefan Steinerberger

Yale University

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

In this paper we comparatively explore three claims concerning the disciplinary character of economics by means of citation analysis. The three claims under study are: (1) economics exhibits strong forms of institutional stratification and, as a byproduct, a rather pronounced internal hierarchy, (2) economists strongly conform to institutional incentives and (3) modern mainstream economics is a largely self- referential intellectual project mostly inaccessible to disciplinary or paradigmatic outsiders. The validity of these claims is assessed by means of an interdisciplinary comparison of citation patterns aiming to identify peculiar characteristics of economic discourse. In doing so, we emphasize that citation data can always be interpreted in different ways, thereby focusing on the contrast between a ‘cognitive’ and an ‘evaluative’ approach towards citation data.

Keywords: citation patterns, economics, interdisciplinary, scientometrics, sociology of economics

JEL Classification: A10, A12, A14

Suggested Citation

Aistleitner, Matthias and Kapeller, Jakob and Steinerberger, Stefan, Citation Patterns in Economics and Beyond (November 2018). Institute for New Economic Thinking Working Paper Series No. 85, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3306272

Matthias Aistleitner

Johannes Kepler University - ICAE ( email )

Linz
Austria

Jakob Kapeller (Contact Author)

University of Duisburg-Essen - Institute for Socio-Economics ( email )

Lotharstraße 65
Duisburg, 47057
Germany

University of Linz - Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE) ( email )

Freistädterstraße 315
A-4040 Linz
Austria

Stefan Steinerberger

Yale University ( email )

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

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