The three legs of a stool: Comment on Richard Nelson, “The sciences are different and the differences matter”

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In our response to Nelson's important argument regarding the fit of research methods with the subject matter of various natural and social sciences, we highlight the complementarities offered by combining qualitative analysis with modeling and statistical analysis, focusing on economics. The argument is illustrated using a discussion of two studies on the economics of innovation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cohen, WM; Fjeld, J

Published Date

  • November 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1708 - 1712

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0048-7333

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.respol.2016.06.002

Citation Source

  • Scopus