Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171435
Authors: 
Kapeller, Jakob
Aistleitner, Matthias
Steinerberger, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ICAE Working Paper Series 60
Abstract: 
In this paper we 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 intellectual stratification and, as a byproduct, a rather pronounced internal hierarchy, (2) economists strongly conform to institutional incentives and (3) modern mainstream economics is a highly 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 the peculiar characteristics of economic discourse. In exposing and discussing these peculiarities of economics, we emphasize the availability of two competing scientometric perspectives for assessing and interpreting our findings.
Subjects: 
citation patterns
economics
interdisciplinary
scientometrics
sociology of economics
JEL: 
A10
A12
A14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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