The Way We Were: Reflections on the Comparative History of Comparative Economics

Peter Murrell
2011 Social Science Research Network  
This paper examines the characteristics of comparative economics during the period 1977-1992, using computational tools to collect data on the character of publications. These data depict the distinctive characteristics of comparative economics, for example, whether it was neoclassical or new-institutional, and the balance between theory and empirics. Complete systems were a centerpiece of comparativists' research, leading to an early focus on institutions, culture, and law. Consequently, the
more » ... Consequently, the field chose a distinctive point on the trade-off between using advanced techniques and focusing on topics not amenable to study with those techniques. Possibly, this was why comparativists had a distinctive approach to transition. Comparative Economic Studies (2011) 53, 489-505.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1957731 fatcat:p5bsc7el3zatphzukgg2tgauce