Quotation Glötzl, Florentin, Aigner, Ernest. 2019. Six Dimensions of Concentration in Economics: Evidence from a Large-Scale Data Set. Science in Context. 32 (4), 381-410.




This paper argues that the economics discipline is highly concentrated, which may inhibit scientific innovation and change in the future. The argument is based on an empirical investigation of six dimensions of concentration in economics between 1956 and 2016 using a large-scale data set. The results show that North America accounts for nearly half of all articles and three quarters of all citations. Twenty institutions reap a share of 42 percent of citations, five journals a share of 28.5 percent, and 100 authors a share of 15.5 percent. A total of 2.8 percent of citations may be attributed to heterodox schools of thought. Also top articles are concentrated along these dimensions. Overall, concentration has strongly increased over the last six decades.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Science in Context
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Six Dimensions of Concentration in Economics: Evidence from a Large-Scale Data Set
Volume 32
Number 4
Year 2019
Page from 381
Page to 410
URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/S0269889720000034
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0269889720000034
Open Access N


Glötzl, Florentin (Former researcher)
Aigner, Ernest (Details)
Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Institute for Law and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5343 Economic theory (Details)
5371 Macroeconomics (Details)
6111 Theory of science (Details)
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