Doing Economics: A Guide To Understanding And Carrying Out Economic Research by Steven A. GreenlawDoing Economics: A Guide To Understanding And Carrying Out Economic Research by Steven A. Greenlaw

Doing Economics: A Guide To Understanding And Carrying Out Economic Research

bySteven A. Greenlaw

Paperback | May 27, 2005

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This handy reference text provides undergraduate students with a practical introduction to research methodology. Doing Economics makes students aware of what experienced researchers know implicitly: research is fundamentally a process of constructing persuasive arguments supported by theory and empirical evidence. As a result, students learn how to implement critical-reading, writing, and online research skills to produce valid and reliable research.
Title:Doing Economics: A Guide To Understanding And Carrying Out Economic ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.8 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 27, 2005Publisher:South-Western College PubLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Note: All chapters contain a Summary, Suggestions for Further Reading, and Exercises.1. What Is Research?Research Is the Creation of KnowledgeHow Are Arguments Evaluated?Appendix 1A: The Range of Economic Methodologies2. Overview of the Research ProcessResearch in Science and Nonscience DisciplinesSteps of the Research Process for EconomicsAppendix 2A: Writing the Research ProposalAppendix 2B: Questions for Evaluating a Research Proposal3. Surveying the Existing Knowledge about a TopicWhy Is a Literature Survey Necessary?Where to Search: Popular Versus Scholarly LiteratureHow to Search: Developing an Effective Search StrategyObtaining the ResourcesAppendix 3A: Scholarly References and Citation Styles4. Using Writing as a Tool for Economic ResearchWriting to LearnComposition as a Creative ProcessThe Structure of an ArgumentExamining an ArgumentThree Types of Reasoning: Deductive, Inductive, and Warrant-BasedWhat Makes for a Persuasive Argument?Appendix 4A: Logical Fallacies5. Economic Writing/Writing as a ProductWhat is Economic WritingWriting the First DraftRevising the PaperWriting StyleWriting Mechanics6. Critical Reading or How to Understand Published ResearchMaking Sense of Published ResearchTaking Research Notes and Writing Abstracts and Critical ReviewsAppendix 6a: How to critically read a purely theoretical study7. Conceptualizing the ModelWhat Does It Mean to Apply Theory to a Research Topic?What Is Theorizing?Narrative ReasoningMathematical ReasoningA Commonly Used ShortcutWhat Makes a Good Research Hypothesis?8. Locating and Collecting Economic DataData CreationThe Structure of Economic DataOrganizations That Collect and Publish DataMajor Primary Data CollectionsMajor Secondary Data CollectionsAppendix 8A: Overview of Data Sources9. Putting Together Your Data SetDeveloping a Search Strategy for Finding Your DataData ManipulationConstructing a Data Appendix to Your ResearchAppendix 9a: What Are Chained-Dollars?Appendix 9b: Example of a Data Appendix10. A First Look at Empirical Testing: Creating a Valid Research DesignKey Issues of Research DesignHow Does One Analyze Data?Random Variation in Human BehaviorStatistical MethodsSimple Statistical Hypothesis TrainingConfounding VariableCausal ValidityAppendix 10A: Table of Critical t-Statistics11. Introduction to EconometricsSteps in Regression AnalysisAppendix 11A: Data Transformations for Regression AnalysesEstimation Using Qualitative Variables12. Communicating the Results of Economic ResearchWriting the Research ReportPresenting Research OrallyAppendix 12A: Rubric for Grading Research PapersGlossaryReference ListIndex