Research Methodology in Applied Economics

ISBN-10: 0813829941
ISBN-13: 9780813829944
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Don E. Ethridge
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Book details

List price: $110.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/31/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Focused attention on how to organize and conduct research can increase the efficiency of the research process and its outcomes. The second edition of Research Methodology in Applied Economics provides time-tested guidelines to instruct graduate students in the research process. Emphasizing research methodology as it applies to economics, Ethridge provides (1) an overview of the conceptual and philosophical basis of research methodology and (2) procedural guidelines on designing, coordinating, and conducting research projects. This textbook integrates philosophies, concepts, and procedures in research methodology, adding practical tips such as how to write a research proposal, how to apply for funding, and how to write reports that effectively present research. This edition updates and increases the use of relevant examples for todayrsquo;s students, faculty, and researchers

Preface
Research Methodology Foundations
Introduction
Reasons to Study Methodology
Objectives and Focus of the Book
Assumptions about Readers
The Author's Perspective and Views
Organization of the Book
Summary
Recommended Reading
Notes
Research and Methodology
Research Defined and Described
Classifications of Research
Basic vs. Applied Research
Disciplinary, Subject-Matter, and Problem-Solving Research
Analytical vs. Descriptive Research
Methodology Defined and Described
The Process of Research
Creativity in the Research Process
Summary
Recommended Reading
Suggested Exercises
Notes
Methodological Concepts and Perspectives
Science
Economics as Art and Science
Knowledge
Positivistic vs. Normativistic Knowledge
Private vs. Public Knowledge
Ways We Obtain Knowledge
Reliability of (Public) Knowledge
Logical Fallacies
Tests for Reliability
Role of Personal Objectivity
Scientific Prediction
Summary
Recommended Reading
Suggested Exercises
Notes
Philosophical Foundations
Positivism
Normativism
Pragmatism
How the Philosophies Blend
Empiricism in Research Methodology
The Scientific Approach
Deduction and Induction in the Scientific Approach
Summary
Recommended Reading
Suggested Exercises
Notes
The Research Project Design
Planning the Research
The Research Project Proposal
Elements of the Research Proposal
Evaluating Research Proposals
Importance of Flexibility
Funding for Economic Research
Importance of Writing
Writing Guidelines and Tips
Summary
Recommended Reading
Suggested Exercises
Notes
The Research Problem and Objectives
Research vs. Decision Problems
The Research Problem Identification
Researchable Problem vs. Problematic Situation
The Problem Statement(s)
Use of Data
Objectives
Developing Problem and Objective Statements
Summary
Suggested Exercises
Notes
The Literature Review
Purposes of the Literature Review
The Literature Search Process
Search Aids
Key Words
Reading
Notes
Writing the Literature Review
Referencing
Summary
Recommended Reading
Suggested Exercises
Notes
The Conceptual Framework
Role of the Conceptual Framework
Source Material for the Conceptual Framework: Theory
Hypotheses and Hypothesis Testing
Operational Suggestions
Summary
Suggested Exercises
Notes
Methods and Procedures
Purposes of Methods and Procedures
A Historical Perspective on Empirical Methods
Models in Economic Research
Types of Empirical Methods
The Descriptive Method
Statistical and Econometric Tools
Operations Research Tools
Data Considerations
Secondary Data
Primary Data
Creative Solutions for Data Problems
Procedural Suggestions
Summary
Recommended Reading
Suggested Exercises
Notes
Closure of the Research Process
Reporting the Research
Types of Reports
Components of the Research Report
Writing the Methods/Procedures and Findings
Writing the Conclusions
Publishing
Authorship
Summary
Recommended Reading
Suggested Exercises
Notes
Appendices
Example of a Research Proposal for a Government Agency
Example of a Master's Thesis Proposal
Example of a Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal
Guidelines for Critiquing Papers
Seeking Research Funding
References
Index

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