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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, thedoi:10.2139/ssrn.1957731 fatcat:p5bsc7el3zatphzukgg2tgauce