nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2013‒02‒08
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Differences in citation impact across countries By Pedro Albarrán; Antonio Perianes-Rodríguez; Javier Ruiz-Castillo
  2. The Oomph in economic philosophy: a bibliometric analysis of the main trends, from the 1960s to the present By Yalcintas, Altug

  1. By: Pedro Albarrán; Antonio Perianes-Rodríguez; Javier Ruiz-Castillo
    Abstract: Recent results indicate that, in spite of the skewness of citation distributions, the ranking of research units that focus on the upper tail of citation distributions is quite similar to the ranking one obtains with average-based indicators. This paper explores the conjecture that this can be explained because country differences in international comparisons have a strong scale factor component. If this is the case, it is argued that the effect on overall citation inequality of differences in citation impact across countries should be drastically reduced when raw citation counts are normalized with the countries’ mean citations. This is what we find for a large Thomson Reuters dataset of articles in Physics and the all-sciences case published in 1998-2003 with a five year citation window, and a partition of the world into 36 countries and two residual geographical areas. We conclude that international comparisons in terms of countries’ mean citations appear to capture most of the differences over the entire support of country citation distributions
    Keywords: Citation impact, Country rankings, Country normalization
    Date: 2012–12
  2. By: Yalcintas, Altug
    Abstract: In this essay, I quantitatively analyze the significance of scholarship in economic philosophy since the 1960s. In order to do so, I examine, through the number of publications and citations, the evolution of the main trends in economic philosophy over a fifty years period. This paper will develop a better conception of how the pathways of major debates, in particular rhetoric of economics (RoE) versus realism in economics (RiE), helped economic philosophy achieve its present status in economics. Viewed through this lens, it is clear that the main trends in the recent history of the discipline have emerged out of the concerns of non-mainstream economists since the 1980s.
    Keywords: rhetoric of economics; realism in economics; bibliometric analysis
    JEL: B25 B24 B41
    Date: 2013

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