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Five reasons for the use of network analysis in the history of economics


Herfeld, Catherine; Doehne, Malte (2018). Five reasons for the use of network analysis in the history of economics. Journal of Economic Methodology, 25(4):311-328.

Abstract

Network analysis is increasingly appreciated as a methodology in the social sciences. In recent years, it is also receiving attention among historians of science. History of economics is no exception in that researchers have begun to use network analysis to study a variety of topics, including collaborations and interactions in scientific communities, the spread of economic theories within and across fields, or the formation of new specialties in the discipline of economics. Against this backdrop, a debate is emerging about how network analysis can help address questions that are pertinent to the history of economics. With this paper, we want to push this debate one step forward by offering and discussing five reasons why network analysis should have a future in the history of economics.

Abstract

Network analysis is increasingly appreciated as a methodology in the social sciences. In recent years, it is also receiving attention among historians of science. History of economics is no exception in that researchers have begun to use network analysis to study a variety of topics, including collaborations and interactions in scientific communities, the spread of economic theories within and across fields, or the formation of new specialties in the discipline of economics. Against this backdrop, a debate is emerging about how network analysis can help address questions that are pertinent to the history of economics. With this paper, we want to push this debate one step forward by offering and discussing five reasons why network analysis should have a future in the history of economics.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
Language:English
Date:25 October 2018
Deposited On:09 Aug 2019 12:25
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:09
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1350-178X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/1350178x.2018.1529172

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