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Cliometrica after 10years: definition and principles of cliometric research

Cliometrica after 10years: definition and principles of cliometric research Cliometrica (2016) 10:1–4 DOI 10.1007/s11698-015-0136-z EDITORIAL Cliometrica after 10 years: definition and principles of cliometric research Claude Diebolt Published online: 24 September 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015 ‘‘[…] cliometricians have been explaining to their colleagues in history the wonderful usefulness of economics. It is time they began explaining to their colleagues in economics the wonderful usefulness of history. […] It is no accident that some of the best minds in economics value it highly. What a pity, then, that the rest have drifted away.’’ (D. McCloskey, ‘‘Does the Past Have Useful Economics?’’Journal of Economic Literature, 1976, p. 455). I define cliometrics as the quantitative projection of social sciences in the past. Cliometrics is, more precisely, the combination of causal explanations embedded in (economic) models, with or without counterfactual speculation, in order to screen the relative importance of various factors, i.e., of forces (in natural sciences) believed to have been operative in a given historical situation. Assessment of cliometrics can proceed only if the nature of causal explanation has been resolved. Is causation only correlation and causal analysis the search for the maximum of consistency of correlations? Or is causation observed correlations, explained in terms of forces or mechanisms at http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cliometrica Springer Journals

Cliometrica after 10years: definition and principles of cliometric research

Cliometrica , Volume 10 (1) – Sep 24, 2015

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2015 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Economics; Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods; History, general; Econometrics; Methodology/History of Economic Thought; Statistics for Business/Economics/Mathematical Finance/Insurance
ISSN
1863-2505
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1863-2513
DOI
10.1007/s11698-015-0136-z
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Cliometrica (2016) 10:1–4 DOI 10.1007/s11698-015-0136-z EDITORIAL Cliometrica after 10 years: definition and principles of cliometric research Claude Diebolt Published online: 24 September 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015 ‘‘[…] cliometricians have been explaining to their colleagues in history the wonderful usefulness of economics. It is time they began explaining to their colleagues in economics the wonderful usefulness of history. […] It is no accident that some of the best minds in economics value it highly. What a pity, then, that the rest have drifted away.’’ (D. McCloskey, ‘‘Does the Past Have Useful Economics?’’Journal of Economic Literature, 1976, p. 455). I define cliometrics as the quantitative projection of social sciences in the past. Cliometrics is, more precisely, the combination of causal explanations embedded in (economic) models, with or without counterfactual speculation, in order to screen the relative importance of various factors, i.e., of forces (in natural sciences) believed to have been operative in a given historical situation. Assessment of cliometrics can proceed only if the nature of causal explanation has been resolved. Is causation only correlation and causal analysis the search for the maximum of consistency of correlations? Or is causation observed correlations, explained in terms of forces or mechanisms at

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