Environmental and ecological economics: a citation analysis

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    This study looks at two distinct questions: 'What have been the most influential journal articles in environmental economics and ecological economics over the 10-year period 1994-2003?'; and 'How much overlap is there between the fields of environmental and ecological economics?' We examine the references in all articles published in JEEM and Ecological Economics (EE) over this period. For each of these two fields, a list of the top articles and top journals cited by articles published in JEEM and EE is presented. We also present some results based on our study of the ISI Journal Citation Reports. We find that there is a significant overlap between the two fields at the journal level - the two journals cite similar journals. There is a correlation of 0.34 between the number of citations received by the journals that are most cited and the correlation is even higher if journal self-citation is excluded. The main differences are that ecological economics tends to cite (but not be cited by) general natural science journals more often than environmental economics does, environmental economics cites more heavily from journals rather than other publications, and citations in environmental economics are more concentrated on particular journals and individual publications. However, there is much less similarity at the level of individual articles. Non-market valuation articles dominate the most cited articles in JEEM while green accounting, sustainability, and the environmental Kuznets curve are all prominent topics in EE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)491-506
    JournalEcological Economics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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