Development and Interdisciplinarity: a Citation Analysis

University of Western Australia Economics Discussion Paper 20.07

37 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020

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Sophie Mitra

Fordham University

Michael Palmer

University of Western Australia

Vu Vuong

The University of Western Australia; RMIT University, Faculty of Business, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, Students

Date Written: January 15, 2020

Abstract

Development is often defined as an inherently interdisciplinary field of study. Yet there has been limited examination of this interdisciplinarity. Using Web of Science data, we present citation patterns since 1990 between leading journals of two fields of development, development economics and development studies, and other social science disciplines (economics, geography, political science and sociology). We find negligible interdisciplinary interactions in development, with the bulk of cross-disciplinary citations taking place between development economics, development studies, and economics. There exists an increasing trend since the mid-2000s in the number of citations between development economics and development studies. We explore a number of potential contributing factors and conclude that the most likely explanation is rising numbers of economists publishing in development studies journals in response to increasing relative competition in development economics journals. Notwithstanding, cross-citation rates between the two development fields remain low at two-three percent. Overall, results suggest that development is not an interdisciplinary field of study as measured by flows of citations.

Keywords: Development; Interdisciplinarity; Development Studies; Development Economics; Social Sciences

Suggested Citation

Mitra, Sophie and Palmer, Michael and Vuong, Vu, Development and Interdisciplinarity: a Citation Analysis (January 15, 2020). University of Western Australia Economics Discussion Paper 20.07 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3606834 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3606834

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Vu Vuong

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