Measurement and Economic Theory. IUI Research Program 1978/1979


The objectives and benefits of social research always have to be judged in relation to some current or perceived future decision problem of society. It is not always obvious what is important, and to decide on this question is in principle not the task of the researcher himself. He only represents professional and technical skills.

The experience from social research, however, as well as from most other lines of research, is that the first and most important task is to identify the nature of the problem. What are the goals? What are we interested in? Hence, it is very difficult to remove subjective elements from the work of individual researchers. Constant confrontation of theories and hypotheses with empirical measurement and the involvement of many persons' judgments are the best guarantees of quality, reliability and relevance of scientific progress. Theories that do not naturally expose themselves to the risk of being rejected by observation or that do not incorporate a proper measurement technique ten d to evade this time-honored criterion of scientific procedure.


Elgar Companion to

Social Capital and Health

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Martin Ljunge, IFN, is the author of a chapter, "Trust promotes health: addressing reverse causality by studying children of immigrants", in a new book edited by Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg. The cutting edge of research is presented, covering the ever-expanding social capital field.

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Seminars organized by IFN


To present ongoing research informal brown-bag seminars are held on Mondays at 11:30 am. This is an opportunity for IFN researchers to test ideas and results.

Academically oriented seminars are most of the time held on Wednesdays at 10 am. At these events researchers from IFN and other institutions present their research.

In addition, IFN organizes seminars open to the public. Topics for these are derived from the IFN research.

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