Articles (most available on SSRN)
In Slovak language:
various policy briefs and op-eds
co-editor of: Filko, Martin (2016) Svet podľa Filka. Slovart, 224p.
The overarching theme of my research in the field of history of economic thought is the emergence, diffusion, and reception of scientific communities, their related ideas and practices that make these epistemic groups distinct. I currently pursue three main research projects that present different ways of approaching my overarching theme:
1. History of Experimental Economics
There was a long tradition of defining economics as a non-experimental discipline. The emergence of experimental economics in the last third of the 20th century revisited this long-standing belief. The history of this new practice reveals that this went further than simply introducing the experimental method to economics. Its history, I argue, shows individual economists and research communities above all redefining the relationship between economic theory and rigorous data. Economists could not ignore or explain away as irrelevant replicable data that were specifically created in controlled environments to satisfy conditions set by economic theory. This reconceptualization entailed an active community of experimentalists who continually engaged in honing the experimental method and convincing the rest of the economics profession of the method’s merits. An alternative research infrastructure including a novel, dedicated research space—the economics laboratory—emerged. All these efforts culminated at the turn of the 1980s and can be summarily labeled the experimental turn in economics.
2. Transformations of Economics through the Lens of Collective Biography
Over the 20th century economics went from a pluralistic and polycentric discipline employing primarily a discursive style of argumentation to one that was highly mathematical and quantitative, globalized, US-centric and with outsized influence on public policy. While historians of economic thought have studied particular aspects of these transformations independently by focusing on a handful of elite economists, the impact of the rapidly growing discipline with many non-elite economists in and especially outside academe (government, central banks, etc.) has been neglected as a factor in the discipline formation of economics. Furthermore, little is understood about the dynamics of how a small group of early adopters of new quantitative methods transformed a much larger profession, how these methods came to dominate a previously pluralist discipline, or how economists populated policy institutions. My research provides an innovative approach to the history of economics that eschews the traditional view of the history of economics as a succession of great minds and seminal ideas. I view these changes as interrelated historical phenomena and situate them within networks in which thousands of economists operate, their ideas diffuse, and credit is ascribed.
3. History of the International Economic Association
The International Economic Association has commissioned me write a book about its history.
Special project: Census of 1st Edition Copies of Isaac Newton’s Principia (with Moti Feingold)
Our project presents the first comprehensive census of all extant copies of the first edition of Isaac Newton’s magnum opus Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (1687) together with an accompanying account of its dissemination and early readership.
History of Economics
History of Science