Development and Interdisciplinarity: re-examining the "economics silo"
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34th Annual SASE Conference, Amsterdam
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Recent evidence from citation analysis [Mitra, S., Palmer, M, Vuon, V. (2020). Development and interdisciplinarity: A citation analysis. World Development, 135, 105076; hereafter MPV] shows that development research hardly interacts with other disciplines ? except mainstream economics. Moreover, MPV analyze the reported affiliation of each author listed in the Web of Science database and find that, in response to growing competition in the publishing process, economists tend to publish more in development studies journals. In this paper, I apply an alternative approach in identifying the disciplinary and paradigmatic background of development scholars by matching bibliometric data on articles published in World Development with the RePEc author database (RePEc contains bibliometric information on more than 63.000 authors publishing in a wide range of different fields related to economics). The results from this analysis suggest a quite different picture regarding the share of economists that publish in development studies: in contrast to MPV, I report a significantly higher share of scholars with an economics research background. Considering these findings, the paper further explores non-trivial differences of the ?economics silo? in development studies vis-à-vis research by scholars from other social science disciplines via extensive citation analysis. The overall finding of this analysis is that the lack of interdisciplinarity (as observed by MPV) can be largely traced back to the economics silo within development research.