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Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Economics Discussion

There are 2 responses. Write a 100 word response for each.

Response 1.) Mary

Of the methods that were listed throughout this week’s chapter reading, I believe that the qualitative approach method will provide me with the much needed insight and the leverage to gain instrumental knowledge that will create an opening to present my dissertation with a clear, factually-based tune. The qualitative approach incorporates interviewing, focus groups, oral history, document analysis. The use of this approach will help me to better grasp and convey my research experiences and provide the data necessary to support the information being provided. I am eager to get involved in hearing about one’s history and experiences through oral history research. Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”


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Response 2.) Michael

I like how Starr (2014) describes the difference between quantitative and qualitative methods by stating that the former is a closed-ended and the latter is an open-ended approach to gathering data. One of the challenges I see in the qualitative research method is the time and effort required to get enough survey participants to make the data more valid and representative. However, qualitative research can help to gather better insights regarding the research question when objective data does not provide enough clarification on relationships between data. I am interested in a mixed methods approach to research because it enables me to blend the strengths of quantitative and qualitative methods while minimizing the weaknesses of each. I like the idea of conducting case studies in combination with analysis of publicly available data across several businesses to measure the effectiveness of each business in accomplishing its mission. Ultimately, the best method will depend on “the topic of interest…and aspects of the design and implementation of the study that bolster confidence in the inferences that can be drawn from it” (Starr, 2014).

Starr, M.A. (2014). Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Economics: Surprising Growth, Promising Future. Journal of Economic Surveys, 28(2), pp. 238-264.


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