The Golden Age of Social Science

28 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2019

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Anastasia Buyalskaya

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Marcos Gallo

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Colin Camerer

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Date Written: November 13, 2019

Abstract

In this short essay we argue that social science is entering a golden age, marked by explosive growth in new data and analytic methods, interdisciplinarity, and a recognition that both of those ingredients are necessary to solve hard problems.Two examples are given to illustrate these themes, which are behavioral economics and social networks. Numerous other specific study examples are then given. We also address the challenges that accompany the three positive trends, which include informatics, career incentives, and the search for unifying frameworks.

Keywords: data analytics, golden age

JEL Classification: D03

Suggested Citation

Buyalskaya, Anastasia and Gallo, Marcos and Camerer, Colin F., The Golden Age of Social Science (November 13, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3486314 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3486314

Anastasia Buyalskaya (Contact Author)

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

1200 East California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

Marcos Gallo

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

1200 East California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

Colin F. Camerer

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

1200 East California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
United States
626-395-4054 (Phone)
626-432-1726 (Fax)

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