Money, Banks and Finance in Economic Thought

The evolution of the Relationships between Economics and Geography (1980-2014): A Bibliometric Study

Rebours Anthony, Université Paris 8

This paper uses the methodology of bibliometric history developed by historians of sciences to study disciplines to case study the interaction between economics and geography. We conduct a bibliometric cum network analysis of the relations of economics and geography over the period 1980 and 2014 that allow us to detail the consequences of the ‘new economic geography’ revolution. Our argument is that authors that belonged to the community of geographers interested in economic issues rarely cites economists interested in spatial issues and inversely. It is only after the coming of the ‘new economic geography’ in the 1990s that these two communities began to develop stronger ties and converge to create an autonomous sub-field. However, this change was more beneficial to one community, that of the economists, who occupied a central position in the network of economic geography and geographical economics. The centrality of economists has deepened in the 2000s to reach a maximum in the aftermath of the Nobel Prize attributed to Krugman in 2008. In the paper we will analyze more precisely the implications of these findings.

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Keywords: Bibliometrics, network analysis, Krugman, new economic geography, interdisciplinarity, economic geography, geographical economics

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