Graaskamp and the Definiton of Rigorous Research

  • John M. Clapp
  • Dowell Myers
Part of the Research Issues in Real Estate book series (RIRE, volume 6)


James A. Graaskamp is renowned as one of the great “gurus” of the academic real estate profession, but he stimulated sharp differences of opinion between devotees and nonbelievers. The divided evaluations of Graaskamp’s contributions were more than personal and reflected deep divisions in the philosophy of science and knowledge, including the proper relations between science and profession and centering on the notion of rigor. His career was positioned at the transition from urban land economics to the field that became known as the unew urban economics.” This was a transition from inductive problem solving to a deductive scientific mode. Accompanying this transition were changing notions of rigor, shifting from emphasis on thoroughness to more focused, mathematical precision. Today, scholars are learning to embrace elements of both traditions. Placed within this broader intellectual history, Graaskamp’s contributions can be better understood.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Clapp
    • 1
  • Dowell Myers
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Real EstateThe University of ConnecticutUSA
  2. 2.Lusk Center for Real EstateThe University of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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