Mapping Behavioral Economics and its Interdisciplinary Practices

Alexandre Truc of University of Quebec at Montreal  in this paper:

Interdisciplinarity in behavioral economics (BE) has often been described as limited or decreasing since the 1980s.

In this article, we investigate the interdisciplinary practices of behavioral economists using quantitative techniques. We find that following an intense period of knowledge transfer among a handful of individuals, interdisciplinarity between economics and psychology has decreased in BE since the 1980s. However, this decreasing interdisciplinarity in BE has been compensated for by the rise of BE in the wider field of economics.

While individual BE articles have become less intensely related to psychology, the growing number of BE articles in economics as a whole has intensified the overall interdisciplinarity between economics and psychology. Moreover, the decreasing interdisciplinarity between economics and psychology in BE has not resulted from a return to a self-sufficient economic approach.

Instead, we observe a rise in the importance of management studies, as well as a variety of other disciplines in the social and natural sciences, as behavioral economists have diversified their interdisciplinary relationships since the 2000s.

Finally, the level of interdisciplinarity between economics and psychology in behavioral economics remain higher than the average economics’ article, making the specialty distinctively interdisciplinary.

 

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