Unmeasured information and the methodology of social scientific inquiry

by Donald W. Katzner

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?

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  • Preface. 1. Introduction: Science, Social Science, and Measurement. Part 1: Methodology. 2. Our Mad Rush to Measure: How Did We Get into this Mess? 3. In Defense of Formalization in Economics. 4. On Not Quantifying the Non-Quantifiable. 5. Notions of Closeness in a Non-Quantifiable Setting. 6.The Role of Formalism in Economic Thought, with Illustration Drawn from the Analysis of Social Interaction in the Firm. 7. Institutionally Determined Parameters in Economic Equations 8. The Misuse of Measurement in Economics 9. Analysis with Ordinal Measurement. Part II: Applications. 10. Effort and Efficiency in the Neoclassical Finn 11. The Efficiency of Organizational Forms. 12. Attitudes, Rationality, and Consumer Demand. 13. Political Structure and System and the Notion of Logical Completeness. 14. The Formal Structure of Argument in Professor Apter s. Choice and the Politics of Allocation. Index.

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書名 Unmeasured information and the methodology of social scientific inquiry
著作者等 Katzner, Donald W.
Katzner Donald W.
出版元 Kluwer Academic Pub.
刊行年月 c2001
ページ数 viii, 310 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0792373367
NCID BA55697341
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国