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The Art of Empirical Investigation.

Author: Julian Simon
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Taylor and Francis Ltd : Routledge, 2017.
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"Julian Simon was known for his methodical, and often controversial, writings challenging conventional beliefs about overpopulation, pollution, disappearing farmland, and the scarcity of energy sources and raw materials. But throughout his works is a common theme: that responsible, unbiased research and examination of the data is indispensable to formulating a well-informed and accurate opinion. The Art of Empirical  Read more...
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Simon, Julian.
Art of Empirical Investigation.
[Place of publication not identified] : Taylor and Francis Ltd : Routledge, 2017
(DLC) 2003040991
(OCoLC)51342687
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Simon
ISBN: 9781351305624 135130562X
OCLC Number: 997429264
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction to the Transaction Edition; Preface to Second Edition; Acknowledgments to Second Edition; Acknowledgments to First Edition; Prologue; 1. Introduction; 1. Purpose of the book; 2. What kinds of research are called ""empirical""?; 3. The place of statistics in the study of research methods; 4. Some general remarks; PART ONE: The Process of Sociaf-Science Research; 2. The Language of Research: Definitions and Validity; 1. Operational definitions; 2. Numbers and operational definitions; 3. Validity and reliability. 4. Writing scientific reports5. Communicating with yourself; 6. Honesty in scientific reporting; 7. Summary; 3. Basic Concepts of Research; 1. Variables in general; 2. The dependent variable; 3. The independent variable; 4. Parameters; 5. The functional form; 6. Assumption, theory, deduction, hypothesis, fact, and law; 7. Universe and sample; 8. The ideal causal-study design; 9. Ceteris paribus; 10. Summary; 4. Types of Empirical Research; 1. Introduction; 2. Case-study descriptive research; 3. Classification research; 4. Measurement and estimation; 5. Comparison problems. 6. Research that tries to find relationships7. Finding causes and effects; 8. Mapping structures; 9. Evaluation research; 10. Summary; 5. Theory, Model, Hypothesis, and Empirical Research; 1. What is theory?; 2. Models, theory, and hypotheses; 3. Two views of theory and of science in general; 4. The relationship between theory and empirical research; 5. Summary; 6. Choosing Appropriate Proxies for Theoretical Variables; 1. Dependent variables whose referents are clearly defined; 2. Dependent variables whose referents are not clearly defined; 3. Choosing independent variables. 4. Choosing a level of aggregation5. Choosing a level of explanation; 6. Summary; PART TWO: Research Decisions and Procedures; 7. The Steps In an Empirical Research Study; 1. Finding a good research problem; 2. Ask ""What do I want to find out?""; 3. Establish the purpose of the project; 4. Determine the value of the research; 5. Saturate yourself in the problem; 6. Choose empirical variables; 7. Calculate the benefits of accuracy and the costs of error; 8. Determine the most important research obstacles; 9. Choose methods; 10. Check the ethics of your proposed research and method. 11. Prepare a detailed design of the method12. Collect the data; 13. Analyze the data; 14. Write up the research work; 15. Summary; 8. How to Assess the Potential Value of Research Projects; 1. Evaluating the inputs required for a research project; 2. Estimating the value of research projects; 3. Summary; 9. Sampling; 1. Universe and sample; 2. Random sampling basics; 3. Screening in sampling; 4. Efficiency in random sampling; 5. Nonrandom samples; 6. Summary; 10. Experiments: Pro, Con, and How to Do Them; 1. The distinction between experiment and survey; 2. The steps in experimenting.

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