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$fmt$Contents Preface I. Research Methodology Foundations 1. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 II. The Research Project Design 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 III. Closure of the Research Process Chapter 10. 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 Appendix A. Example of a Research Proposal for a Government Agency Appendix B. Example of a Master's Thesis Proposal Appendix C. Example of a Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Appendix D. Guidelines for Critiquing Papers Appendix E. Seeking Research Funding References Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Economics Research, Economics Methodology