Free DP Download 24 July 2021 - Race-related Research in Economics and Other Social Sciences

Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • WHY IS ECONOMICS LAGGING BEHIND IN RACE-RELATED RESEARCH?  

RACE-RELATED RESEARCH IN ECONOMICS AND OTHER SOCIAL SCIENCES
Arun Advani, Elliott Ash, David Cai, Imran Rasul     
CEPR Discussion Paper No. 16115 | May 2021

Economics lags far behind the other disciplines in the volume and share of race-related research, despite having higher absolute volumes of research output.

These are among the findings of a recent CEPR study by Arun AdvaniElliott AshDavid Cai and Imran Rasul, which uses a corpus of 500,000 academic publications in economics, political science, and sociology to assess how economics compares to other social sciences in its study of issues related to race and ethnicity. Among the findings: 

  • Since 1960, there have been 13,000 race-related publications in sociology, 4,000 in political science, and 3,000 in economics. 
  • Since around 1970, the share of economics publications that are race-related has hovered just below 2% (although the share is higher in top-5 journals). 
  • In political science the share has been around 4% since the mid-1990s, while in sociology it has been above 6% since the 1960s and risen to over 12% in the last decade. 
  • Economists also tend to overestimate the amount of race-related research in all disciplines, but especially so in economics.

You can also listen to a podcast where Imran Rasul discusses the paper's findings with CEPR's Tim Phillips