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The Golden Age of Social Science

Buyalskaya, Anastasia and Gallo, Marcos and Camerer, Colin F. (2019) The Golden Age of Social Science. . (Unpublished)

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In this short essay we argue that social science is entering a golden age, marked by explosive growth in new data and analytic methods, interdisciplinarity, and a recognition that both of those ingredients are necessary to solve hard problems.Two examples are given to illustrate these themes, which are behavioral economics and social networks. Numerous other specific study examples are then given. We also address the challenges that accompany the three positive trends, which include informatics, career incentives, and the search for unifying frameworks.

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Camerer, Colin F.0000-0003-4049-1871
Additional Information:Date Written: November 13, 2019; Posted: 27 Nov 2019. We thank Fred Blum, Jonathan Katz, Joseph Henrich, Philip Hoffman, Scott Page, and Jerry Davis for helpful comments and discussions on related concepts in social science. We are grateful for the support of the T&C Chen Center (Fellowships for MG and AB, support for CFC), the Behavioral and Neuroeconomics Discovery Fund (for CFC), and especially Trilience (for CFC) for a longstanding interest in, and financial support of this topic.
Group:Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience
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Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for NeuroscienceUNSPECIFIED
Behavioral and Neuroeconomics Discovery FundUNSPECIFIED
Trilience ResearchUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:data analytics, golden age
Classification Code:JEL: D03
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Official Citation:Buyalskaya, Anastasia and Gallo, Marcos and Camerer, Colin F., The Golden Age of Social Science (November 13, 2019). Available at SSRN: or
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:27 Mar 2020 20:51
Last Modified:21 Jul 2020 16:08

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