Is it Economics? The Case for a Broad Approach to Economics Research
K. Stuart Birks
Massey University - College of Business
June 29, 2011
Quality Assured Paper for the New Zealand Association of Economists Conference, Wellington, June 29 – July 1, 2011
This paper considers whether conventional approaches to economics research may be overlooking some possibilities. While emphasizing certain types of data and analytical techniques, other aspects are downplayed. These alternatives may supplement and add value to existing work. The point is made by considering six perspectives: i) available information and efficiency in research; ii) “econometrics as history”; iii) theory as analogy; iv) questions for policy; v) data availability; and vi) outcome focus.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: economics research, econometrics, analogy, theory
JEL Classification: B4, B50
Date posted: June 30, 2011
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