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Heterodox economics and dissemination of research through the internet: the experience of RePEc and NEP

Marco Novarese (Centre for Cognitive Economics, Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche ed Economiche, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy)
Christian Zimmermann (Department of Economics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 26 September 2008




This paper seeks to study how the democratization of the diffusion of research through the internet could have helped non‐traditional fields of research.


The specific case the authors approach is heterodox economics as its pre‐prints are disseminated through NEP, the e‐mail alert service of RePEc.


Comparing heterodox and mainstream papers, the authors find that the heterodox are quite systematically more downloaded, and particularly so when considering downloads per subscriber.

Research limitations/implications

The authors conclude that the internet definitely helps heterodox research, also because other researchers get exposed to it. But there is still room for more participation by heterodox researchers.


The paper shows how RePEc and NEP try to pursue democracy and help in the dissemination of research. It also shows how heterodox communities can benefit and have benefited from this system, because they need new ways for disseminating research.



Novarese, M. and Zimmermann, C. (2008), "Heterodox economics and dissemination of research through the internet: the experience of RePEc and NEP", On the Horizon, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 198-204.



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