Science Outside the Laboratory: Measurement in Field Science and Economics

Hardcover | June 15, 2015

byMarcel Boumans

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The conduct of most of social science occurs outside the laboratory. Such studies in field science explore phenomena that cannot for practical, technical, or ethical reasons be explored under controlled conditions. These phenomena cannot be fully isolated from their environment or investigatedby manipulation or intervention. Yet measurement, including rigorous or clinical measurement, does provide analysts with a sound basis for discerning what occurs under field conditions, and why.In Science Outside the Laboratory, Marcel Boumans explores the state of measurement theory, its reliability, and the role expert judgment plays in field investigations from the perspective of the philosophy of science. Its discussion of the problems of passive observation, the calculus ofobservation, the two-model problem, and model-based consensus uses illustrations drawn primarily from economics. Rich in research and discussion, the volume clarifies the extent to which measurement provides valid information about objects and events in field sciences, but also has implications for measurement in the laboratory. Scholars in the fields of philosophy of science, social science, and economicswill find Science Outside the Laboratory a compelling and informative read.

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The conduct of most of social science occurs outside the laboratory. Such studies in field science explore phenomena that cannot for practical, technical, or ethical reasons be explored under controlled conditions. These phenomena cannot be fully isolated from their environment or investigatedby manipulation or intervention. Yet measur...

Marcel Boumans is historian and philosopher of science at the University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main research focus is on understanding empirical research practices in economics from a philosophy of science-in-practice perspective. He is particularly interested in the practices of measurement and modeling a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Measurement3. Calculus of Observations4. The Problem of Passive Observation5. Clinical Judgement6. Consensus7. Conclusions

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"This book is an important contribution to the philosophy of science from one of the leading authorities on measurement theory. Often data and evidence are taken at face value. Emphasizing the special character of field phenomena and field experiments in which environments must be'cultivated,' Science Outside the Laboratory shows the role human practices and the judgment of experts play in determining reliable measurement not just in the field but also in the laboratory. It provides an important source of reflection for empirical scientists and a thoughtful analysis of themethodological foundations of science. Strongly recommended." --John B. Davis, Marquette University and University of Amsterdam