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Is it Economics? The Case for a Broad Approach to Economics Research

Quality Assured Paper for the New Zealand Association of Economists Conference, Wellington, June 29 – July 1, 2011

14 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2011  

Date Written: June 29, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: economics research, econometrics, analogy, theory

JEL Classification: B4, B50

Suggested Citation

Birks, K. Stuart, Is it Economics? The Case for a Broad Approach to Economics Research (June 29, 2011). Quality Assured Paper for the New Zealand Association of Economists Conference, Wellington, June 29 – July 1, 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1875646

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