Association for Heterodox Economics Postgraduate workshop
16th-17th January 2014
The Open University in London
1 - 11 Hawley Crescent
London NW1 8NP
Nearest Underground: Camden Town (Northern Line)
Local hotel information: http://www.londontown.com/LondonPC/nw18np.html/
Please arrive promptly at 0930 on the 16th.
Coffee and registration: 0930-1000
1000-1100: student introductions
1100-1115: coffee break
1115-1245: Jamie Morgan
1245-1330: lunch break
1330-1500: Paul Downward
1530-1715: Daniel Wheatley/Paul Downward
1900: dinner TBC
0930-0945: reflections on day 1
0945-1100: Frederic Lee
1100-1115: coffee break
1115-1300: Andrew Brown
1345-1500: Bruce Cronin
1530-1630: student workshops
1630-1700: wrap up, paperwork
Students: please bring with you information about your current research PLUS specific questions you have about research methodology. You will be asked to present very briefly (5 minutes maximum) from notes at the beginning of the workshop.
Student resources: see the reading lists and questions below AND the attached resources pack. Other resources will follow. Please attempt to read or at least skim the materials in the resources pack.
Expenses: please bring with you receipts for travel expenses. If you are able to accept a cheque in Sterling, we will give you one at the time. If you require an international bank transfer please also bring full details of your bank account.
Dietary requirements: If anyone has any dietary requirements please let us know as soon as possible. We have assumed that there will be vegetarians present and for simplicity have ordered vegetarian food as standard.
Details on sessions (provisional)
Is it worth worrying about philosophy and a critical approach to methodology (rather than mastering my methods) when I've got a PHD to finish...
- Will you be consistent?
- Will your work be defendable (what does this mean)
- Will your work be knowledge - science or scientism?
See readings below. Further readings contained in folder.
Paul Downward and Daniel Wheatley
‘Mostly Harmless Econometrics: A non Empiricist’s Companion’
- ‘What is the difference between description and inference in empirical work?’
- ‘What does statistical testing actually test?’
- ‘What role does theory play in your research?’
Mixed methods research
- What are the benefits and costs associated with a mixed methods approach?
- Mixed or multi-methods, what is the difference?
- How might mixed methods be used to (re) address your research question?
Downward, P. And Mearman, A. (2002). ‘Critical Realism and Econometrics: Constructive Dialogue with Post Keynesian Economics’, Metroeconomica, 53 (4): 391-415.
Downward, P. and Mearman, A. (2007). “Retroduction as Mixed-Methods Triangulation in Economic Research: Reorienting Economics into Social Science.” Cambridge Journal of Economics 31.1: 77 – 99.
Critical Realism, Method of Grounded Theory and their Application to the UK Research Assessment Exercise
A. Introduction: Critical Realism and its Relationship to the Method of Grounded Theory
1. Structures and Causal Mechanism- Agency
2. Retroduction and the Method of Grounded Theory
B. Method of Grounded Theory as a Research Strategy
1. Pre-existing Ideas and Concepts
2. Data, Constant Comparisons, and Theoretical Categories
3. Structures, Causal Mechanism, and Grounded Theories
4. Grounded Theories as Narrative Analytical Explanations
C. Application: UK Research Assessment Exercise
1. Empirically Grounded, Structural-Causal Going Concern Recursive Model of UK Economics
2. Structure-Acting Organizations-Decisions-Outputs-Discipline Events
3. Data: Mixed-Data Triangulation
a. Numerical/Statistical Descriptive Data
b. Historical/Archive Material
c. Survey/Questionnaire Material
1. What is the difference between theory construction and testing a theory?
2. Should theory be grounded in the real world?
3. How does empirically grounding theory constraint what theory can say?
Material on Grounded Theory:
Lee, F., “Critical Realism, Grounded Theory, and Theory Construction in Heterodox Economics”, http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/40341
Downward, P. and Mearman, A. 2007. “Retroduction as Mixed-Methods Triangulation in Economic Research: Reorienting Economics into Social Science.” Cambridge Journal of Economics 31.1: 77 – 99.
Olsen, W. and Morgan, J. 2005. ‘A Critical Epistemology of Analytical Statistics: Addressing the Sceptical Realist,” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 35.3: 255-84.
Scheibl, F. and Wood, A. 2005. “Investment Sequencing in the Brick Industry: An Application of Grounded Theory.” Cambridge Journal of Economics 29.2 (March): 223 – 247.
Material from the AHE Web Site regarding the UK Research Assessment Exercise: http://www.hetecon.net/division.php?page=resources&side=uk_research_assessment_exercise_and_heterodox_econ
Harley, S. and Lee, F. S. (1997) ‘Research Selectivity, Managerialism, and the Academic Labor Process: the future of nonmainstream economics in U.K. universities’, Human Relations 50(11): 1427–1460.
Download PDF here
Lee, F. S. and Harley, S. (1998) ‘Peer Review, the Research Assessment Exercise and the Demise of Non-Mainstream Economics’, Capital and Class, 66: 23–51 Download PDF here
Lee, F. S. (2007) ‘The Research Assessment Exercise, the State and the Dominance of Mainstream Economics in British Universities’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 3(2): 309-25. Download PDF here
Lee, F. S., Pham, X. and Gu, G. (2012) ‘The UK Research Assessment Exercise and the Narrowing of UK Economics – Appendix’. Download PDF here
Large-scale survey research
Brown, A., Charlwood, A., Forde, C. and Spencer, D. A., ‘Changes in Human Resource Management and Job Satisfaction 1998-2004: Evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey’, Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 237-56, 2008
Brown, A, Charlwood, A., Forde, C. and Spencer, D.A., ‘Job Quality and the Economics of New Labour: a critical appraisal using subjective survey data’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol.36, No.6, pp. 941–71, 2007
Brown, A., ‘Reorienting Critical Realism: a System-wide Perspective on the Capitalist Economy’, Journal of Economic Methodology, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp.497–517, 2007
Bruce Cronin: social network analysis
Readings and further materials to follow.
Important Web Links
Methods @ Manchester: Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Comparative Methods for the Advancement of Systematic Cross-Case Analysis and Small-N Studies
For Fuzzy Set Analysis and QCA help go to Compasss Mailing List which is managed by Wendy Olsen: http://www.compasss.org/pages/interactive_tools/mailinglist.html
Links to Important Books on Methodology
Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique
The SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Methods
Data Collection: Key Debates and Methods in Social Research
The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory
Economics and Reality
Critical Realism: Essential Readings