Recent Trends in Economic and Business History: The Analysis of the Most Impactful Articles Published from 2016 to 2020

Keywords: economic history, business history, impact-factor, theory of history, history of entrepreneurship


The article aims to analyse recent trends in economic and business history from 2016 to 2020 and identify the factors determining the impact of the research articles. The authors analysed the ten most cited articles published in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals on economic and business history. They summarize the content of every article and explain its contribution to the field. The article defines efficient theoretical instruments for studies in the field of economic and business history. The observations can be useful to researchers concerned about the impact of their publications and those interested in the dynamics of the field. The synthesis of the observations revealed the following most important factors determining the impact of research articles. The proposal of a new theory or concept certainly raises the interest of the academic community. A new representative empirical material is crucial to increase the level of citations in the field of economic history. Alternatively, a good strategy is to present a new efficient method for the analysis of existing datasets. Explicit explanation of how the new data and methods specify conventional perceptions about historical events and processes increases the popularity of publications. An effective way to raise the interest of the readers is to look at the deviations from the “norms” – historical anomalies and paradoxes. A critical synthetic review of the literature on a topic or a problem is usually appreciated by the community of economic historians, but it is especially popular in journals on business history. The final part of the article offers observations on the disciplinary and national diversity of author teams. It concludes that such diversity results in the multidisciplinary character of the studies and increases their value for the sister disciplines.


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Logan, T. D, Parman, J. M. The National Rise in Residential Segregation. The Journal of Economic History, vol. 77, iss. 1, 2017, pp. 127-170. DOI:

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How to Cite
Kulikov, V., & Skubii, I. (2022). Recent Trends in Economic and Business History: The Analysis of the Most Impactful Articles Published from 2016 to 2020. The Journal of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Series: History, (61), 243-267.