Matthias Aistleitner, Stephan Pühringer,
"Biased trade narratives and its impact on development studies: a multi-level mixed-method approach"
, in European Journal of Development Research, 2023
Biased trade narratives and its impact on development studies: a multi-level mixed-method approach
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Recent evidence from citation analysis (Mitra et al., World Dev 135:105076, 2020) suggests that research published in top economic journals is becoming more influential in the development discourse. In this article, we argue that this trend has non-trivial implications for the development discourse on trade in general. Based on an analysis of more than 400 papers published in high-impact economic journals between 1997 and 2017, we highlight three core trade narratives that stand for different biases apparent in the elite economic discourse on trade: ?trade championing?, ?Ignorance in a world full of nails? and ?microfounding trade benefits?. Further insights derived from citation analysis of five development studies journals and a case-study-oriented approach that focusses on the reception of this particular trade debate in World Development suggests that these biased trade narratives are effectively transmitted into development research.