A Quantitative Tour of the Social Sciences

A Quantitative Tour of the Social Sciences

by Andrew Gelman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521680034

ISBN-13: 9780521680035

Pub. Date: 04/06/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Social scientists become experts in their own disciplines but aren't always familiar with what is going on in neighboring fields. To foster a deeper understanding of the interconnection of the social sciences, economists should know where historical data come from, sociologists should know how to think like economists, political scientists would benefit from

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Overview

Social scientists become experts in their own disciplines but aren't always familiar with what is going on in neighboring fields. To foster a deeper understanding of the interconnection of the social sciences, economists should know where historical data come from, sociologists should know how to think like economists, political scientists would benefit from understanding how models are tested in psychology, historians should learn how political processes are studied, psychologists should understand sociological theories, and so forth.

This overview by prominent social scientists gives an accessible, nontechnical sense of how quantitative research is done in different areas. Readers will find out about models and ways of thinking in economics, history, sociology, political science, and psychology, which in turn they can bring back to their own work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521680035
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Learning to Think Like a Social Scientist ix

About the Contributors xiii

Part I Models And Methods In The Social Sciences Andrew Gelman

1 Introduction and Overview 3

2 What's in a Number? Definitions of Fairness and Political Representation 11

3 The Allure and Limitations of Mathematical Modeling: Game Theory and Trench Warfare 20

Part II History Herbert S. Klein Charles Stockley

4 Historical Background of Quantitative Social Science 35

5 Sources of Historical Data 52

6 Historical Perspectives on International Exchange Rates 59

7 Historical Data and Demography in Europe and the Americas 83

Part III Economics Richard Clarida Marta Noguer

8 Learning from Economic Data 99

9 Econometric Forecasting and the Flow of Information 111

10 Two Studies of Interest Rates and Monetary Policy 134

Part IV Sociology Seymour Spilerman Emanuele Gerratana

11 Models and Theories in Sociology 155

12 Explanations of the Racial Disturbances of the 1960s 164

13 The Time Series of Lynchings in the American South 176

14 Attainment Processes in a Large Organization 191

Part V Political Science Charles Cameron

15 What Is Political Science? 207

16 The Politics of Supreme Court Nominations: The Critical Role of the Media Environment 223

17 Modeling Strategy in Congressional Hearings 242

Part VI Psychology E. Tory Higgins Elke Weber Heidi Grant

18 Formulating and Testing Theories in Psychology 271

19 Some Theories in Cognitive and Social Psychology 282

20 Signal Detection Theory and Models for Trade-Offs in Decision Making 291

Part VII To Treat or Not To Treat: Causal Inference in The Social Sciences Jeronimo Cortina

21 ThePotential-Outcomes Model of Causation 303

22 Some Statistical Tools for Causal Inference with Observational Data 309

23 Migration and Solidarity 319

References 327

Index 339

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