ISBN-10:
0813825148
ISBN-13:
9780813825144
Pub. Date:
03/25/1999
Publisher:
Wiley
Research Methodology in Applied Economics / Edition 1

Research Methodology in Applied Economics / Edition 1

by Don Ethridge

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Overview

Focused attention on how to organize and conduct research can increase the efficiency of the research process and its outcomes. The second edition of Research Methodology in Applied Economics provides time-tested guidelines to instruct graduate students in the research process.

Emphasizing research methodology as it applies to economics, Ethridge provides (1) an overview of the conceptual and philosophical basis of research methodology and (2) procedural guidelines on designing, coordinating, and conducting research projects. This textbook integrates philosophies, concepts, and procedures in research methodology, adding practical tips such as how to write a research proposal, how to apply for funding, and how to write reports that effectively present research. This edition updates and increases the use of relevant examples for today’s students, faculty, and researchers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813825144
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/25/1999
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Don E. Ethridge, Ph.D., is chairman and professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock. He has been a student of research methodology for many years and has extensive experience conducting all types of economic research.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
I.Research Methodology Foundations
1.Introduction3
Reasons to Study Methodology4
Objectives and Focus of the Book7
Assumptions about Readers9
The Author's Perspective and Views10
Organization of the Book13
Summary14
Recommended Reading14
Notes14
2.Research and Methodology15
Research Defined and Described15
Classifications of Research19
Basic vs. Applied Research20
Disciplinary, Subject-Matter, and Problem-Solving Research20
Analytical vs. Descriptive Research24
Methodology Defined and Described25
The Process of Research28
Creativity in the Research Process30
Summary33
Recommended Reading34
Suggested Exercises34
Notes35
3.Methodological Concepts and Perspectives36
Science36
Economics as Art and Science38
Knowledge40
Positivistic vs. Normativistic Knowledge40
Private vs. Public Knowledge42
Ways We Obtain Knowledge43
Reliability of (Public) Knowledge45
Logical Fallacies46
Tests for Reliability47
Role of Personal Objectivity49
Scientific Prediction50
Summary55
Recommended Reading56
Suggested Exercises56
Notes56
4.Philosophical Foundations58
Positivism60
Normativism63
Pragmatism66
How the Philosophies Blend68
Empiricism in Research Methodology71
The Scientific Approach72
Deduction and Induction in the Scientific Approach74
Summary77
Recommended Reading78
Suggested Exercises78
Notes78
II.The Research Project Design
5.Planning the Research83
The Research Project Proposal84
Elements of the Research Proposal85
Evaluating Research Proposals89
Importance of Flexibility90
Funding for Economic Research91
Importance of Writing92
Writing Guidelines and Tips94
Summary98
Recommended Reading98
Suggested Exercises98
Notes99
6.The Research Problem and Objectives100
Research vs. Decision Problems101
The Research Problem Identification102
Researchable Problem vs. Problematic Situation104
The Problem Statement(s)105
Use of Data107
Objectives108
Developing Problem and Objective Statements109
Summary111
Suggested Exercises112
Notes112
7.The Literature Review113
Purposes of the Literature Review113
The Literature Search Process115
Search Aids116
Key Words117
Reading118
Notes118
Writing the Literature Review119
Referencing120
Summary124
Recommended Reading125
Suggested Exercises125
Notes126
8.The Conceptual Framework127
Role of the Conceptual Framework129
Source Material for the Conceptual Framework: Theory131
Hypotheses and Hypothesis Testing132
Operational Suggestions136
Summary138
Suggested Exercises139
Notes139
9.Methods and Procedures140
Purposes of Methods and Procedures141
A Historical Perspective on Empirical Methods142
Models in Economic Research144
Types of Empirical Methods146
The Descriptive Method147
Statistical and Econometric Tools147
Operations Research Tools148
Data Considerations150
Secondary Data150
Primary Data151
Creative Solutions for Data Problems152
Procedural Suggestions153
Summary154
Recommended Reading154
Suggested Exercises155
Notes155
III.Closure of the Research Process
10.Reporting the Research159
Types of Reports160
Components of the Research Report162
Writing the Methods/Procedures and Findings165
Writing the Conclusions167
Publishing168
Authorship170
Summary172
Recommended Reading173
Suggested Exercises173
Notes173
IV.Appendices
Appendix A.Example of a Research Proposal for a Government Agency177
Appendix B.Example of a Master's Thesis Proposal190
Appendix C.Example of a Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal201
Appendix D.Guidelines for Critiquing Papers229
Appendix E.Seeking Research Funding231
References236
Index242

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