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Creative research in economics

Author: Arnold Wentzel
Publisher: New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, cop. 2017.
Series: Routledge frontiers of political economy, 217.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Présentation de l'éditeur : "Researchers are expected to produce original findings, yet nobody explains how original contributions are conceived in economics. Recently there have been calls for more creativity in economic research, yet there is no literature that explores creative research apart from collections of biographical essays. This book aims to address that gap, exploring the process of conceiving and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Wentzel
ISBN: 1138698881 9781138698888
OCLC Number: 974948874
Description: 1 vol. (IX-178 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1: The Possibility of Systematic Originality The state of scientific creativity in economicsCan creative research be a systematic process?Going beyond existing creativity researchChapter 2: Originality in Social Science Research Defining originalityDegrees of originalityWhat the product of originality looks likeThe disciplinary origin of scientific originalityFrom shared mental model to original contributionHow the leap happensWhat will be regarded as conceptions?Requirements for a systematic approachChapter 3: The Representation of Problems in EconomicsThe importance of problems in scienceThe importance of problem representationEconomic problems represented as trade-offsEconomic problems represented as conflictsComparing representationsHow to construct an economic problem as a conflictAssumption identificationChapter 4: Originality Through Questions Generating interesting questionsQuestions of critical confrontationQuestions in pursuit of new ideasProblematising questionsChapter 5: Reasoning to New Ideas Abductive reasoningAbduction, deduction and shared mental modelsMathematical proof and creative reasoningAbduction with the aid of a logical conflictAbduction with the aid of questionsChapter 6: Rational Reconstruction from Case Studies Amartya Sen and the capability approachKydland and Prescott and the ideas of central bankingRonald Coase and his TheoremChapter 7: Dealing with Authentic Economic Problems The problem of authentic economic problem solvingThe social nature of economic problemsThe political nature of economic problemsThe unstructured nature of authentic economic problemsConventional ways of dealing with wicked problemsA participative approach to original contributionsChapter 8: An Instructional Programme Guiding philosophyInstructional designFront-end analysisGoal, task analysis and objectivesLearning activitiesEvaluationSome additional findings from the first pilot programmesChapter 9: Next steps Direct uses of this researchObvious extensions Less obvious extensions
Series Title: Routledge frontiers of political economy, 217.
Responsibility: Arnold Wentzel.

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Présentation de l'éditeur : "Researchers are expected to produce original findings, yet nobody explains how original contributions are conceived in economics. Recently there have been calls for more creativity in economic research, yet there is no literature that explores creative research apart from collections of biographical essays. This book aims to address that gap, exploring the process of conceiving and generating ideas for interesting and original research contributions in economics (and potentially other social sciences too). Creative Research in Economics serves both a practical and theoretical purpose. Theoretically it presents a unique way of thinking about the nature of problems and questions in economics and the role of social science researchers in society. As such it offers an interesting way to think about the philosophy of science and methodology in economics, and how new ideas emerge in the discipline. Practically it develops techniques for finding interesting and original research contributions (as opposed to conventional data-gathering research). Whether you are a graduate student looking for that first interesting question, a novice researcher in search of fresh avenues for research after your PhD, or a seasoned academic looking to teach the philosophy and methodology of economics in more interesting ways, you will find this book of great use."

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