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The focus of academic economics: before and after the crisis

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  • Ernest Aigner

    () (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)

  • Florentin Gloetzl

    () (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)

  • Matthias Aistleitner

    (Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

  • Jakob Kapeller

    () (Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

Abstract

Has the global financial crisis of 2007ff had a visible impact on the economics profession? To answer this question we employ a bibliometric approach and compare the content and orientation of economic literature before and after the crisis with reference to two different samples: A large-scale sample consisting of more than 440,000 articles published between 1956 and 2016 and a smaller sample of 400 top-cited papers before and after the crisis. Our results suggest that – unlike the Great Depression of the 1930s – the current financial crisis did not lead to any major theoretical or methodological changes in contemporary economics, although the topic of financial instability received increased attention after the crisis.

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  • Ernest Aigner & Florentin Gloetzl & Matthias Aistleitner & Jakob Kapeller, 2018. "The focus of academic economics: before and after the crisis," ICAE Working Papers 75, Johannes Kepler University, Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy.
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    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
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