Contrasting approaches to statistical regression in ecology and economics

Armsworth, P.R., Gaston, K.J., Hanley, N.D. and Ruffell, R.J. (2009) Contrasting approaches to statistical regression in ecology and economics. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46(2), pp. 265-268. (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01628.x)

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1. Conservation and natural resource management challenges are as much social problems as biological ones. In recognition of this fact, ecologists and economists work increasingly closely together. We discuss one barrier to effective integration of the two disciplines: put simply, many ecologists and economists approach statistical regression differently. 2. Regression techniques provide the most commonly used approach for empirical analyses of land management decisions. Researchers from each discipline attribute differing importance to a range of possibly conflicting design criteria when formulating regression analyses. 3. Ecologists commonly attribute greater importance to spatial autocorrelation and parsimony than do economists when designing regressions. Economists often attribute greater importance than ecologists to concerns about endogeneity and conformance with a priori theoretical expectations. 4. Synthesis and applications. The differing importance attributed to different design characteristics may reflect a process of cultural drift within each discipline. Greater interdisciplinary collaboration can counteract this process by stimulating the flow of ideas and techniques across disciplinary boundaries.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research was funded as part of the UK Research Council's Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU). RELU is a collaboration among the Economic and Social Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, with additional funding from Defra and the Scottish Government.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanley, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Armsworth, P.R., Gaston, K.J., Hanley, N.D., and Ruffell, R.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Ecology
ISSN (Online):1365-2664
Published Online:03 March 2009
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