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Is Economics a House Divided? Analysis of Citation Networks

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  • Sina Önder, Ali

    () (Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies)

  • Terviö, Marko

    () (Aalto University and HECER)

Abstract

We investigate divisions within the citation network in economics using citation data between 1990 and 2010. We consider all partitions of top institutions into two equal-sized clusters, and pick the one that minimizes cross-cluster citations. The strongest division is much stronger than could be expected to be found under idiosyncratic citation patterns, and is consistent with the reputed freshwater/saltwater division in macroeconomics. The division is stable over time, but varies across the fields of economics.

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  • Sina Önder, Ali & Terviö, Marko, 2013. "Is Economics a House Divided? Analysis of Citation Networks," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2013:3, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uufswp:2013_003
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    1. Rabah Amir & Malgorzata Knauff, 2008. "Ranking Economics Departments Worldwide on the Basis of PhD Placement," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, pages 185-190.
    2. Pierre-Philippe Combes & Laurent Linnemer, 2010. "Inferring Missing Citations: A Quantitative Multi-Criteria Ranking of all Journals in Economics," Working Papers halshs-00520325, HAL.
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    1. Economics: A house divided
      by Nicholas Gruen in Club Troppo on 2013-03-10 18:57:45

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    citations; clustering; influence; schools of thought;

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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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