1996-2016: Two decades of econophysics: Between methodological diversification and conceptual coherence

Schinckus, C 2016, '1996-2016: Two decades of econophysics: Between methodological diversification and conceptual coherence', European Physical Journal: Special Topics, vol. 225, no. 1718, pp. 3299-3311.


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Title 1996-2016: Two decades of econophysics: Between methodological diversification and conceptual coherence
Author(s) Schinckus, C
Year 2016
Journal name European Physical Journal: Special Topics
Volume number 225
Issue number 1718
Start page 3299
End page 3311
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Abstract This article aimed at presenting the scattered econophysics literature as a unified and coherent field through a specific lens imported from philosophy science. More precisely, I used the methodology developed by Imre Lakatos to cover the methodological evolution of econophysics over these last two decades. In this perspective, three co-existing approaches have been identified: statistical econophysics, bottom-up agent based econophysics and top-down agent based econophysics. Although the last is presented here as the last step of the methodological evolution of econophysics, it is worth mentioning that this tradition is still very new. A quick look on the econophysics literature shows that the vast majority of works in this field deal with a strictly statistical approach or a classical bottom-up agent-based modelling. In this context of diversification, the objective (and contribution) of this article is to emphasize the conceptual coherence of econophysics as a unique field of research. With this purpose, I used a theoretical framework coming from philosophy of science to characterize how econophysics evolved by combining a methodological enrichment with the preservation of its core conceptual statements.
Subject Finance
Keyword(s) truncated levy flight
stock-market
percolation model
time-series
fluctuations
economics
matrices
behavior
systems
index
DOI - identifier 10.1140/epjst/e2016-60099-y
Copyright notice © 2016, The Author(s). Open Access This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons
ISSN 1951-6355
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