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Narrative in economics: a new turn on the past

Morgan, Mary S. and Stapleford, Thomas A. (2023) Narrative in economics: a new turn on the past. History of Political Economy, 55 (3). pp. 395-421. ISSN 0018-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1215/00182702-10438855


Narratives have drawn increasing attention from economists and from historians and philosophers of science. Yet little of that attention has made it into the history of economics itself. This essay reviews some of the salient literature on economic narratives and introduces key themes from a 2021 workshop intended to bring that analysis to bear within the history of economics. Four important, but little noticed, functions of narratives emerging from that workshop are highlighted: exploration, explanation, closure, and reopening; and promising areas for future research on the multiple roles of narrative in the history of economic practice are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 Duke University Press
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N0 - General > N00 - General
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2023 23:22
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2023 01:21

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