nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2019‒07‒22
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Macroeconomic Research, Present and Past By P.J. Glandon; Ken Kuttner; Sandeep Mazumder; Caleb Stroup

  1. By: P.J. Glandon (Kenyon College); Ken Kuttner (Williams College); Sandeep Mazumder (Wake Forest University); Caleb Stroup (Davidson College)
    Abstract: What is the state of macroeconomics? We answer this question by hand collecting information about the epistemological approaches, theoretical and empirical methods, and data sources used by macroeconomists in their research. During the past 40 years there has been an increasing reliance on mathematical theory, particularly DSGE models, with theory-based papers now occupying the majority of space in macro journals. This shift is mirrored by a decline in the use of empirical falsification methods testing theoretical predictions. Microeconometric techniques have displaced time series methods, and empirical papers increasingly rely on micro and proprietary data sources. We document a decline and subsequent resurgence of financial frictions appearing in macro theory. Finally, we find that topics outside of macroeconomics are studied in more than three fourths of macro field journal publications.
    Keywords: macroeconomics, methods, research, macroeconomic publications
    JEL: A11 A14 B22 E00 O30
    Date: 2019–07

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