Social Science Research and Policy: A Review Essay

Eric A. Hanushek
Published Date
Spring 1990
Journal of Human Resources
pp. 46-51
With the upsurge in social science research directed at policy issues has come an introspective strain of research: Does research contribute to policy making? A related, normative aspect of this inquiry is consideration of how research activities could be altered to make them more useful in the development of effective public policies. Moreover, these are not viewed as just academic questions; instead they are linked to issues of the level and distribution of research funding.