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The Art and Practice of Economics Research

Lessons from Leading Minds Simon W. Bowmaker, Clinical Associate Professor of Economics, New York University, US
The Art and Practice of Economics Research provides an in-depth look into the research methods of leading economists from across the United States and Europe. This innovative volume contains 25 interviews with practicing economists, presenting insightful personal accounts into an often-misunderstood field.
Extent: 520 pp
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Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84980 846 0
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78254 019 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Methodology of Economics
The Art and Practice of Economics Research provides an in-depth look into the research methods of leading economists from across the United States and Europe. This innovative volume contains 25 interviews with practicing economists, presenting insightful personal accounts into an often-misunderstood field.

Contributors to this volume were asked to reflect on their own experience in economics research, including their methods of working, the process of scientific discovery and knowledge creation, and the challenges of successfully disseminating their work. The unique and compelling interview format showcases each contributor’s personal connection to his or her work, presenting a view of current economics research that is technical, comprehensive, and refreshingly human.

Both students and current scholars in economics will find much to admire in this book’s window into the inner workings of some of the brightest and best-known minds in the field. It makes a great companion to the author’s 2010 book, The Heart of Teaching Economics, which showcases the personal experiences of teachers and professors of economics.
‘Bowmaker has produced a fascinating book for a wide audience: graduate students will find insight on what is needed for a successful research career, established researchers can see how others respond to the challenges of research, and the masses of economists not focused on research will get a glimpse of life at the top. Highly recommended.’
– R.E. Schenk, Choice

‘In this book, Simon Bowmaker offers a remarkable collection of conversations with leading economists about research in economics. He has selected a broad sample of the great economists of our time, including people whose perspectives span most of the major subdivisions of economics research, from micro to macro, from theoretical to empirical, from rationalist to behavioral.’
– From the foreword by Roger B. Myerson, University of Chicago, US and 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics

‘The Art and Practice of Economics Research is the book I wish I had when I was “growing up” as an economist. For anyone who is or wants to be an economic researcher, or anyone just interested in how economics “works”, this is a terrific and inspirational resource.’
– David K. Levine, Washington University in St. Louis, US

‘It is hard to imagine an economist in the world who would not enjoy this book. It is fascinating, gripping, and full of the wisdom imparted by age and by scholarly life’s ups and downs.’
– Andrew J. Oswald, University of Warwick, UK

‘Although each has followed his or her own road, these scholars share a passion for economics and a commitment to the research enterprise. The best economists lie sleepless, gripped by their questions.’
– Joshua Angrist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

‘This is a wonderful book of interviews with some of the most respected economists in the world. It is full of insights into academic life, and clearly conveys the joy of doing economics research.’
– Jon Levin, Stanford University, US

‘The relaxed frame of the interviews gives interested parties exciting insights into the thoughts and concerns of leading economists and might well inspire some of the best young minds to continue with economics in their later lives.’
– Ernst Fehr, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Contents: Foreword by Roger B. Myerson Preface Daron Acemoğlu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Susan Athey (Harvard University) Robert J. Barro (Harvard University) Richard Blundell (University College, London) Colin F. Camerer (California Institute of Technology) David Card (University of California, Berkeley) Raj Chetty (Harvard University) Janet Currie (Princeton University) Partha Dasgupta (University of Cambridge) Jordi Galí (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE) Douglas A. Irwin (Dartmouth College) Steven D. Levitt (University of Chicago) Robert E. Lucas, Jr (University of Chicago) Charles F. Manski (Northwestern University) Eric S. Maskin (Harvard University) Ellen R. McGrattan (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis) Paul Milgrom (Stanford University) Ariel Pakes (Harvard University) Monika Piazzesi (Stanford University) Carmen M. Reinhart (Peterson Institute for International Economics) Thomas J. Sargent (New York University) Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia University) E. Roy Weintraub (Duke University) Justin Wolfers (University of Pennsylvania) Randall Wright (University of Wisconsin – Madison) Index