Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 243–253 | Cite as

European integration and economic methodology and research: Questions and speculations

  • Kurt Rothschild


This paper will discuss the role of methodology in connection with different theoretical approaches. It is shown that a multitude of paradigms is appropriate when dealing with complex developments such as integration. The question is raised whether it makes sense to discuss a special European approach. Divergent views exist, but some differences between a European and an American tradition seem to exist due to a continent-wide competition among U.S. economists and a more fragmented European scene. Closer integration and academic cooperation in Europe could result in a more unified research environment resembling the U.S. picture. However, the role of language differences must not be overlooked and can contribute to a continuing diversification.


Theoretical Approach International Economic Public Finance Research Environment European Integration 
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  • Kurt Rothschild
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  1. 1.University of LinzAustria

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