Key Outstanding Questions in Social Sciences

4 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2011

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Nicholas Bloom

Stanford University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: September 15, 2010


This short piece outlines some of the topics I see as part of the “Grand Challenges” for the social sciences over the next 10-20 years. I have focused on three areas where I see the policy agenda being particularly constrained by the lack of high-quality research.

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Bloom, Nicholas, Key Outstanding Questions in Social Sciences (September 15, 2010). American Economic Association, Ten Years and Beyond: Economists Answer NSF's Call for Long-Term Research Agendas, Available at SSRN: or

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