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How to do empirical economics

  • 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)

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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Volume (Year): 30 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 179-206

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  4. Joshua D. Angrist & Alan B. Krueger, 1990. "Does Compulsory School Attendance Affect Schooling and Earnings?," NBER Working Papers 3572, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  7. Martin Brown & Armin Falk & Ernst Fehr, 2004. "Relational Contracts and the Nature of Market Interactions," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 72(3), pages 747-780, 05.
  8. Robert J. Willis & Sherwin Rosen, 1978. "Education and Self-Selection," NBER Working Papers 0249, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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