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Persistence studies: a new kind of economic history?

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  • Martina Cioni

    (University of Siena)

  • Giovanni Federico

    (New York University Abu Dhabi
    Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR))

  • Michelangelo Vasta

    (University of Siena
    Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR))

Abstract

Since the early years of the 21st century, economists have started to look for the historical roots of current economic outcomes. In this article, we deal with this new approach (called persistence studies), as represented by the 75 articles published in ten leading economics journals since 2001. We outline the key features (issues, period, geographical area of interest, etc.) of these articles and we discuss their citational record, in comparison with the (much more numerous) economic history articles in the same journals. We also explore the affiliation and training of the 121 authors of persistence studies, highlighting the role of some Boston institutions as the cradle of the new approach.

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  • Martina Cioni & Giovanni Federico & Michelangelo Vasta, 2022. "Persistence studies: a new kind of economic history?," Review of Regional Research: Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft, Springer;Gesellschaft für Regionalforschung (GfR), vol. 42(3), pages 227-248, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jahrfr:v:42:y:2022:i:3:d:10.1007_s10037-022-00167-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s10037-022-00167-0
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    Persistence studies; Economic history; Citational success; Top journals;
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    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • N01 - Economic History - - General - - - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods

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