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- DescriptionDo ecomics and statistics succeed in explaining human social behaviour? To answer this question. Leland Gerson Neuberg studies some pioneering controlled social experiments. Starting in the late 1960s, ecomists and statisticians sought to improve social policy formation with random assignment experiments such as those that provided income guarantees in the form of a negative income tax. This book explores amalies in the conceptual basis of such experiments and in the foundations of statistics and ecomics more generally. Scientific inquiry always faces certain philosophical problems. Controlled experiments of human social behaviour, however, cant avoid some methodological difficulties t evident in physical science experiments. Drawing upon several examples, the author argues that methodological amalies prevent microecomics and statistics from explaining human social behaviour as coherently as the physical sciences explain nature. He concludes that controlled social experiments are a frequently overrated tool for social policy improvement.
- Author(s)Leland Gerson Neuberg
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication26/05/1989
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note29d.9tabs.
- Weight730 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine25 mm
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