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Riepponen, T., Moilanen, M., & Simonen, J. (2023). Themes of resilience in the economics literature: A topic modeling approach. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 15( 2), 326– 356.

Themes of resilience in the economics literature : a topic modeling approach

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Author: Riepponen, Tapio1; Moilanen, Mikko2; Simonen, Jaakko1
Organizations: 1Department of Economics, Accounting and Finance, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2School of Business and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Format: article
Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Publish Date: 2024-12-08


The concept of resilience has been applied in several fields of academic research and has also grown in popularity among economists. The main contribution of this article is the systematic analysis and interpretation of the existing large body of resilience literature in economics by using topic modeling, a modern machine-learning research method. The advantage of this method is that it offers a more in-depth understanding of the themes in the resilience literature as opposed to the terminological classifications typically used in bibliometric studies. The results show that the identified topics are spread widely across different subareas of economics and deal with diverse themes, such as adaptation to climate change, stability of the financial system, and various types of shocks in regional economies. The findings reveal that the literature can be divided into two domains: one that deal with incremental changes occurring over a long period of time and the other dealing with unexpected, transient, and sudden changes. Furthermore, according to the results, well-known, highly cited research papers combine knowledge from different fields. Policymakers seeking to support cutting-edge research projects may benefit from this finding, as it emphasizes the need for policy measures to enhance cross-fertilized research.

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Series: Regional science policy & practice
ISSN: 1757-7802
ISSN-E: 1757-7802
ISSN-L: 1757-7802
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 326 - 356
DOI: 10.1111/rsp3.12612
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 511 Economics
Funding: This research is connected to the GenZ Project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu. The project is supported by the Academy of Finland [grant number Profi4 318930] and the University of Oulu.
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