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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Frederic S. Lee and Bruce Cronin

Despite the important critiques of the mainstream offered by heterodox economics, the dominant method remains econometrics. This major new Handbook provides an invaluable introduction to a range of alternative research methods better suited for analysing the social data prominent in heterodox research projects, including survey, historical, ethnographic, experimental, and mixed approaches, together with factor, cluster, complex, and social network analytics. Introductions to each method are complemented by descriptions of applications in practice.

Chapter 25: A data triangulation approach to understanding the behavior of small landholders in Bulgaria

Mieke Meurs

Subjects: economics and finance, history of economic thought, methodology of economics, post-keynesian economics, radical and feminist economics, research methods, research methods in economics


This chapter illustrates the use of data triangulation to understand how Bulgarian small landholders use their land. Previous work has not satisfactorily explained observed behavior of these smallholders. Without information on intentionality, it is not possible to distinguish among causal mechanisms that might be driving the observed outcomes. I add in-depth interviews to household survey data, in order to provide information about the intentionality of the decision-makers. I argue that interview data show that in the complex, and limited, informational context, many decision-makers satisfice, and that the initial plans which satisficers evaluate are heavily influenced by local history.

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