Is economics a house divided? Analysis of citation networks

Ali Önder, Marko Terviö

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1491-1505
    Number of pages15
    JournalEconomic Inquiry
    Issue number3
    Early online date9 Nov 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


    • citations
    • clustering
    • influence
    • schools of thought


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