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A Call for reciprocity in interdisciplinary research
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9433-0865
2016 (English)In: Interdisciplinarity in World History: Continuity and Change, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, 54-75 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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This chapter is a call for greater reciprocity in interdisciplinary research. I will show how a larger mutuality between economics and economic history could benefit both disciplines, something understood already by Ibn Khaldun (1332—1406), who was both a historian and an economist. I hope though to ignite a discussion for lanes in both directions in all interdisciplinary research. My starting point will be the revolution in economic history that the 1960s brought among other things. The revolution was the use of the theoretical and statistical tools of modern economics on the historical past. R. M. Hartwell though argues that this new economic history was actually a return to the economic history of the pre-1914 era, characterized as well by a close relationship with economics. The difference being that in the pre-1914 era the direction of influences was mainly going from economic history to economics, while in the post 1950s era the direction of this one-way street was from economics to economic history. D. N. McCloskey lamented already in 1976 that, “the new historical economist has neglected the task of persuading the others of the worth of history in economics”. Thirty years or so later, in the midst of yet another financial crisis, this suggestion is still pitifully relevant. I will show with a few examples, that there are indeed lanes in both directions; from history to economics and from economics to history. Historical methods can be used to test economic theories, and economic methods can be applied to test historical questions.

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Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 54-75 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193607ISBN: (10): 1-4438-9043-XISBN: (13): 978-1-4438-9043-4OAI: diva2:1033086

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Available from: 2016-10-05 Created: 2016-10-05 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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