chapter  1
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'On the Role of the History of Economic Analysis', History of Political Economy, 15, Spring 1983, 63-82

It is a widely held opinion among economists that the history of the subject is of little relevance to the present-day scholar. This opinion is reflected in the sharp decline of interest in the history of economics. Despite the appearance of a professional journal, History of Political Economy, dedicated to the discipline, the field is at best regarded as highly specialized and inconspicuous. At present, review articles are the closest equivalent to traditional research by historians of economics. However, such works are based on a more limited analytical perspective and are usually confined to the very recent literature.