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The Internationalization of Economic History: A Puzzle

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  • Johan Fourie
  • Leigh Gardner

The internationalization of economic history is everywhere except in the publication outputs. Using a new dataset of publications in the top four economic history journals, we investigate this puzzle and attempt to explain why relatively few papers on and from developing countries are published in top journals despite the growing internationalization of economic history more broadly. We find little evidence to suggest that this is due to a bias against papers on developing country topics and by developing country authors. Developing country papers and authors also do not perform worse in citation analyses. Authors from developing countries, it seems, are less productive, or discouraged from submitting their papers to top quality journals, choosing instead local journals. This journal aims to reduce this disparity.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economic History of Developing Regions.

Volume (Year): 29 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 1-14

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Handle: RePEc:taf:rehdxx:v:29:y:2014:i:1:p:1-14
DOI: 10.1080/20780389.2014.922842
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