Research Design and Methods

  • Sarah Debor
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


In this chapter, I outline the research design and empirical methods applied for the work being presented here. The research design refers to how the research topic was empirically approached, whereas the methods are the procedures used for collecting and analysing my empirical data (Creswell and Plano Clark 2011, p. 53). The core research question that needs to be addressed is the following: How can we assess—in a systematic and holistic sense—the influence of energy cooperatives on Germany’s energy transition?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Debor
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  1. 1.Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and EnergyWuppertalGermany

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