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  • Josep M. Colomer

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In order to have references for discussing mathematical menus in political science, I review the most common types of mathematical formulae used in physics and chemistry, as well as some mathematical advances in economics. Several issues appear relevant: variables should be well defined and measurable; the relationships between variables may be non-linear; the direction of causality should be clearly identified and not assumed on a priori grounds. On these bases, theoretically-driven equations on political matters can be validated by empirical tests and can predict observable phenomena.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in its series Economics Working Papers with number 1017.

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Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:1017

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Keywords: Natural and social sciences; econometrics; political science methods; mathematical models; regression analysis;

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  1. Arrow, Kenneth J, 1985. "Economic History: A Necessary Thought Not Sufficient Condition for an Economist: Maine and Texas," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(2), pages 320-23, May.
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  1. Lewis-Beck, Michael S. & Tien, Charles, 2008. "Forecasting presidential elections: When to change the model," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 227-236.
  2. Campbell, James E., 2008. "Evaluating U.S. presidential election forecasts and forecasting equations," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 259-271.

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