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The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy

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Quantitative social science (QSS) has the potential to make an important contribution to public policy. However it also has a number of limitations. The aim of this paper is to explain these limitations to a non-specialist audience and to identify a number of ways in which QSS research could be improved to better inform public policy.
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Keywords: INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION; PUBLICATION BIAS; REPLICATION; STATISTICAL UNCERTAINTY

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 January 2017

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