Development and Underdevelopment in the History of Economic Thought

History of Economics, Quo Vadis? Some Insights from the Survey of International Community of Historians of Economic Thought

Maltsev Alexander, 1) Lomonosov Moscow State University; 2) Institute of Economics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences; 3) University of Picardie

At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, the state of the history of economic thought (HET) looks highly controversial. In order to shed some light on the possible directions for development of the HET field and to find out what scholars from different countries think about some polemical issues of the historiography of economics, in September - November 2019 I created a survey questionnaire and sent it: 1) to the participants of 2019 HES and ESHET conferences; 2) to the members of the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia and Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought. Thanks to the kind help of François Allisson and Erich Pinzón-Fuchs my questionnaire was also distributed among the members of Association Charles Gide pour l'Étude de la Pensée Économique and Asociación Latinoamericana de Historia del Pensamiento Económico. Eventually, I received 170 questionnaires from 29 countries. In this presentation, based on the aggregation of the results of this survey, I plan to address the following main questions. • How members of the international HET community react to the advice to break away from economics departments? • What is the most promising method (s) of studying HET from the respondents’ point of view? • How respondents treat the “quantitative turn” in the historiography of economics? • Are there any differences between national HET communities in terms of the methodological and theoretical preferences of their members? • How members of different national HET communities see the future of their discipline?


Keywords: international community of historians of economic thought; "breaking away" strategy; “quantitative turn” in the historiography of economics; future of the history of economic thought

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