Economics versus history

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Economic history is an interdisciplinary field that fuses economics with history, two disciplines that often misunderstand one another. This chapter bridges these two disciplines by discussing archetypical approaches and research strategies in each. The authors contrast the differences between deductive, inductive and abductive reasoning in scholarly enquiry. They conclude with a call for consideration to (historical) context when conducting research in economics and economic history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn Economist's Guide to Economic History
EditorsMatthias Blum, Christopher L. Colvin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3319965673
ISBN (Print)3319965670
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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  • Activities

    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Historical Consciousness: What can we learn from history?

    Homer Wagenaar (Presenter)

    13 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

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    Colvin, C. L., & Wagenaar, H. (2018). Economics versus history. In M. Blum, & C. L. Colvin (Eds.), An Economist's Guide to Economic History (pp. 13-20). Palgrave Macmillan.