Purpose - This paper offers a bibliometric analysis of the scientific literature on social finance. It provides an overview of the research field by identifying gaps in the existing academic literature and presenting future research directions.Design/methodology/approach - The study uses co-word analysis and visualization mapping techniques.Findings - This study's findings show that the social finance research field comprises five main research clusters and four main research hotspots-impact investing, social entrepreneurship, social impact bonds, and social innovation-which represent the core of this research domain. The authors also identify the researchers and the research institutions that have contributed to the development of social finance. In addition, emerging research areas are mapped and discussed.Originality/value - Compared with most previous literature reviews, this work provides a more complete and objective analysis of the entire social finance landscape by revealing the trends and evolving dynamics that characterize its development. To this end, clear terminological boundaries have not yet been established in social finance. The field appears immature because only a few researchers have contributed to it, and papers have yet to be published by top finance journals. Finally, the findings of this research provide directions for future studies.

What's in a name? Exploring the intellectual structure of social finance

Care R.
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2023-01-01

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Purpose - This paper offers a bibliometric analysis of the scientific literature on social finance. It provides an overview of the research field by identifying gaps in the existing academic literature and presenting future research directions.Design/methodology/approach - The study uses co-word analysis and visualization mapping techniques.Findings - This study's findings show that the social finance research field comprises five main research clusters and four main research hotspots-impact investing, social entrepreneurship, social impact bonds, and social innovation-which represent the core of this research domain. The authors also identify the researchers and the research institutions that have contributed to the development of social finance. In addition, emerging research areas are mapped and discussed.Originality/value - Compared with most previous literature reviews, this work provides a more complete and objective analysis of the entire social finance landscape by revealing the trends and evolving dynamics that characterize its development. To this end, clear terminological boundaries have not yet been established in social finance. The field appears immature because only a few researchers have contributed to it, and papers have yet to be published by top finance journals. Finally, the findings of this research provide directions for future studies.
2023
Social finance
Bibliometric analysis
Co-word analysis
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