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Research Methodology in Applied Economics, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-8138-2994-4
248 pages
May 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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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

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  • Chapters 1-4—the definitional, conceptual, and philosophical aspects of research methodology. Chapters 2 through 4 define terms and concepts, examine the research process, and consider how research and methodology are related to science, knowledge, objectivity, prediction, induction, deduction, and philosophic beliefs, helping readers understand, rationalize, and justify the process.
  • Chapters 5-9—the procedural aspects of research methodology. Devoted primarily to planning and organizing a research project, this section begins with an overview of the research project plan and proceeds to chapters organized around major elements of the research proposal. Substantive topics such as suggestions and perspectives on writing, seeking funding support for research, and data collecting are included in the chapters or as appendices.
  • Chapter 10—the reporting of the research.
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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.
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