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Unmeasured Information and the Methodology of Social Scientific Inquiry - Donald W. Katzner

Unmeasured Information and the Methodology of Social Scientific Inquiry

Hardcover Published: 30th June 2001
ISBN: 9780792373360
Number Of Pages: 310

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The purpose of this book is to demonstrate that it is possible to do meaningful, significant, and sophisticated analysis in social science when the variables under consideration are, given present knowledge, incapable of measurement. No effort to `measure' the unmeasurable is attempted. Rather, techniques for model building, such as the construction of simultaneous and periodic relation systems that do not require the existence of measures are explored. In addition to presenting a methodology enabling the investigator to deal with the unmeasured, many examples are provided that illustrate how those methods may actually be used.
In addition, the book addresses the following: Where has the overwhelming focus on the quantitative (often to the exclusion of the unmeasurable or qualitative) in social science in particular, and in modern societies in general, come from? How can the use of the formalizations of model building, both in the presence and absence of measurement, be justified in social science? What are the dangers of using proxy variables in general in the construction of models, and what are the dangers of treating variables that are only ordinally gauged as if they were cardinally or intervally measured? Finally, when only ordinal calibrations of some variables are available, what analytical methods may legitimately be employed to deal with them?

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Science, Social Science, and Measurementp. 1
Our Mad Rush to Measure: How Did We Get into this Mess?p. 27
In Defense of Formalization in Economicsp. 47
On Not Quantifying the Non-Quantifiablep. 61
Reply to Brennanp. 77
Letter to the Editorp. 81
Notions of Closeness in a Non-Quantifiable Settingp. 83
The Role of Formalism in Economic Thought, with Illustration Drawn from the Analysis of Social Interaction in the Firmp. 113
Institutionally Determined Parameters in Economic Equationsp. 157
The Misuse of Measurement in Economicsp. 175
Analysis with Ordinal Measurementp. 197
Effort and Efficiency in the Neoclassical Firmp. 219
The Efficiency of Organizational Formsp. 231
Attitudes, Rationality, and Consumer Demandp. 253
Political Structure and System and the Notion of Logical Completenessp. 275
The Formal Structure of Argument in Professor Apter's Choice and the Politics of Allocationp. 281
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780792373360
ISBN-10: 0792373367
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 30th June 2001
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.63