SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Is Swedish Research in Economic History Internationally Integrated?
Abstract: This paper presents empirical evidence of the
international integration of Swedish economic historians. Contrary to the
claims of a recent national evaluation of the discipline, the Swedish
shares of international publications and conference presentations are
robustly below available cross-country and cross-discipline benchmarks.
Also considering levels of research inputs, the relative underperformance
of the Swedish field is alarming. Four main explanations to this situation
are forwarded: 1) Being among the largest economic history communities in
the world, Sweden has become self-sufficient and almost independent of the
international arena. 2) The dominating research language is Swedish. 3) The
dominating publication format is monographs (in Swedish). 4) Swedish
economic historians are reluctant to use modern economic theories and
statistical analysis to complement the traditionally dominant qualitative
Keywords: Economic history; Historical economics; Methodology; Bibliometrics; Research Policy; Bibliography; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A12; A20; N00; N01; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, October 10, 2004, Revised August 12, 2005
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