Print page

DOING ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Essays on the Applied Methodology of Economics The late Thomas Mayer, formerly Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis, US
Doing Economic Research brings together a series of authoritative and illuminating essays by Thomas Mayer which bridge the gap between the abstract work of methodology and the practical research problems that concern the professional economist.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $148.00 Web: $133.20
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 978 1 85278 939 8
Availability: In Stock
$0.00

Buy the E-Book @ paperback price

Join our mailing list

  • Economics and Finance
  • Methodology of Economics
Doing Economic Research brings together a series of authoritative and illuminating essays by Thomas Mayer which bridge the gap between the abstract work of methodology and the practical research problems that concern the professional economist.

Arguing that methodologists should pay more attention to the day-to-day problems that face practising economists, Professor Mayer illustrates how simple methodological considerations can clarify a series of issues in applied economics. In particular, he offers a defence of positivism in economics and counters the argument that economics is not an empirical science. Specific essays reassess debates about microfoundations and Ricardian equivalence, consider whether assumptions should be realistic, question whether recent improvements in techniques have helped to resolve the monetarist debate, discuss the role of consumer theory and deal with some key issues in econometric practice.

Doing Economic Research differs from other work on economic methodology by focusing on specific issues of concern to applied economists, such as whether the failure of consumer choice theory on experimental tests matters. Applied economists and methodologists will welcome the book’s direct, down-to-earth manner and the way in which Professor Mayer’s ideas are applied to contemporary economic research.
‘An excellent volume of papers which covers various topics in the applied methodology of economics. . .’
– Aslib Book Guide

‘. . . this is a thought-provoking collection on economic methodology and well worth reading.’
– John Hillard, The Manchester School

‘This is an excellent volume and Mayer argues his case persuasively. The reader is carried effortlessly between economic and philosophical topics, and a proper balance is maintained throughout. . . . I strongly recommend this book. . .’
– D. Wade Hands, Journal of Economic Literature

‘Mayer demonstrates the vitality of his theme with a succession of insights about current controversies (theoretical and empirical, macro ad micro). Methodologists will be pleased with Mayer’s consistent ability to link these practical insights to “deeper” principles. The pragmatic working economist, meanwhile, will find the insights interesting in their own right (and also may come away with a deeper respect for methodological inquiry). This book will make enjoyable, stimulative reading for methodologists and working economists alike.’
– Michael R. Montgomery, Southern Economic Journal
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Methodologists and the Practicing Economist: A Plea for Collaboration 3. Positivism and Economics 4. How Much do Micro-Foundations Matter? 5. The Debate about Ricardian Equivalence 6. The Hidden Persuaders 7. On the Realism of Assumptions 8. The Monetarist Debate and the New Methodology 9. What do Economists Think of their Econometrics? 10. Insignificant Coefficients 11. Seeing Ourselves as Others see us: Rosenberg’s Views of Economics 12. A Note on Consumer Choice Theory 13. Keeping Poor Relations at Bay: Economics as an Isolated Science Index