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Eli Heckscher Today: A Bibliometric Picture

  • Sandelin, Bo

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

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    The citations of Heckscher (1879-1952) in journals included in the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index do not, of course, give a complete picture of his significance as a scholar and in public debate. For reasons linked to the selection process, there is a tendency for his English-language scholarly works to be overrepresented in the databases at the expense of his Swedish writings and political contributions. Nevertheless, it is not uninteresting to get an idea of the quantity and pattern of citations of Heckscher in mainly English-language scholarly journals. In the period 1986-2002 he was cited less than Myrdal and Wicksell but approximately as much as Ohlin, and more than Cassel and Lindahl. Though his list of publications includes more than 1100 items, about 80 per cent of the citations pertain to different versions of just four works: "Mercantilism", the large but untranslated "Sveriges ekonomiska historia från Gustav Vasa", the shorter "An Economic History of Sweden", and his article "The Effect of Foreign Trade on the Distribution of Income".

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    Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 121.

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    Length: 11 pages
    Date of creation: 20 Jan 2004
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    Publication status: Published in Eli Heckscher, International Trade and Economic History, Findlay, Ronald , Henriksson, Rolf G. H. , Lindgren, Håkan , Lundahl, Mats (eds.), 2006, chapter 20, pages 493-504, The MIT Press.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0121
    Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
    Phone: 031-773 10 00
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    1. Sandelin, Bo & Sarafoglou, Nikias, 2003. "Language and Scientific Publication Statistics: a Note," Working Papers in Economics 109, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
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