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Quantitative Research

Quantitative research
John OvertonPeter Van Diermen

Quantitative techniques in the past have dominated most social science research. Such techniques can be a powerful aid to Development Studies research for they can give us precise and accurate results, they can allow us to gain a picture of broad patterns and phenomena, and they can provide us with evidence to inform policy formulation. They have particular utility when firm answers are required. How many people do not have access to clean water? What is the likely monetary impact of a scheme to convert from subsistence to cash crops? How much income and employment are generated by street traders? The Gapminder website for example, makes very effective use of statistics to challenge our views of development and ...

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