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How to do empirical economics

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  • Francis Kamarz (editor)

    (INSEE)

  • Joshua D. Angrist

    (MIT)

  • David M. Blau

    (University of North Carolina)

  • Armin Falk

    (University of Bonn)

  • Jean-Marc Robin

    (Université de Paris 1)

  • Christopher R. Taber

    (Northwestern University)

Abstract

This article presents a discussion among leading economists on how to do empirical research in economics. The participants discuss their reasons for starting research projects, data base construction, the methods they use, the role of theory, and their views on the main alternative empirical approaches. The article ends with a discussion of a set of articles which exemplify best practice in empirical work.

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  • Francis Kamarz (editor) & Joshua D. Angrist & David M. Blau & Armin Falk & Jean-Marc Robin & Christopher R. Taber, 2006. "How to do empirical economics," Investigaciones Economicas, Fundación SEPI, vol. 30(2), pages 179-206, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:iec:inveco:v:30:y:2006:i:2:p:179-206
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    1. Dani Rodrik, 2013. "When Ideas Trump Interests : Preferences, World Views, and Policy  Innovations," Working Papers id:5558, eSocialSciences.

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    Keywords

    Empirical research; econometric methods;

    JEL classification:

    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs
    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments

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