RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR ECONOMISTS

Course Syllabus

DURATION:
9 sessions
ID:
RME_26
CREDIT:
3

INSTRUCTORS:

Matthias Rieger
Ph.D, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Address

1A Hoang Dieu, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan, HCMC   View map

Categories

Analytical Tools , MAE

This course introduces students to the basics of research methodology for economists. The main aim is to facilitate participants’ work on their research thesis from start to completion. After the course, students will have gained knowledge of key methodological issues and choices in economics. They will be comfortable with formulating their research questions and know how to structure a thesis. They will learn how to collect and manage their research data effectively, and they will be in a position to choose the right methodology to answer their research questions. Students will also get practical tips on writing and the presentation of research findings.

Session 1: Economic Research Methodology: An Overview

Session 2 Learning to Frame and Structure a Research Thesis

Session 3: Basics of Data Collection and Management

Session 4: Basics of Data Collection and Management (Cont)

Session 5: Practical Tips on Applied Econometrics

Session 6: Miscellaneous Topics: Ethics, Replication and Pre-Analysis Plans

Session 7: Writing and Presentation Skills for Economists

Session 8: Student presentations

Session 9: Student presentations

Session 1

Blaug, M. 1997. Economic theory in retrospect. Cambridge, Cambridge University

Press. Chapter 17. Available at: http://pratclif.com/2014/blaug-economic-theory-in-retrospect.pdf

Dobusch, L. and Kapeller, J. 2012. Heterodox United vs. Mainstream City? Sketching a Framework for Interested Pluralism in Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, 46(4): 1035-1058. Available at: https://jakob-kapeller.org/images/pubs/2012-DobKap-JEI.pdf

Sen, A. 1991. Economic Methodology: Heterogeneity and Relevance. Social Research, 71(3): 583-614. Available at: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/~dludden/amartyaSENeconomicMethodology.pdf

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Economics 2018. Philosophy of Economics. Chapters 1 and 2. Available at: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/economics/

Rodrik, D. 2015. Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science, New York: Norton. Introduction and Chapter 1. Available here: https://www.economicas.uba.ar/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Economics-Rules-Dani-Rodrik.pdf

Session 2

Dudenhefer, P. 2014. A Guide to Writing in Economics. Parts 2,3 and 4.  Available at: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58991b1546c3c4da5df402e4/t/589c5b0f37c58162f7acb007/1486641936481/A+Guide+to+Writing+in+Economics.pdf

Sessions 3-4

United Nations. 2005. Household Surveys in Developing and Transition Countries:  Design, Implementation and Analysis. Chapters 2 and 3. Available at: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/hhsurveys/pdf/Household_surveys.pdf

Session 5

Angrist, J.D. and Pischke, J.-S. 2009. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion: Princeton University Press. Chapters 1 and 2. Available at: http://unionstats.gsu.edu/9220/Angrist-Pischke_HarmlessEconometrics_1-2.pdf

Kennedy, P.E. 2002. Sinning in the Basement: What are the Rules? The Ten Commandments of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Surveys 16: 569-589. Available at: http://cba2.unomaha.edu/faculty/mwohar/WEB/links/Econometrics_papers/Kennedy_sinning_in_the_basement.pdf

Session 6

European Economic Association 2017. Ethical Principles for the European Economist. Available at: https://www.eeassoc.org/doc/upload/Ethics_Document_Final20171202215507.pdf 

Glennester, R. 2017. The Practicalities of Running Randomized Evaluations: Partnerships, Measurement, Ethics, and Transparency, in Handbook of Field Experiments, Vol.1, Duflo, E. and Banerjee, A. (eds). Available at: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/sites/default/files/publications/Practical%20issues%20in%20RCTs_Glennerster%20.pdf

Olken, B. A. 2015. Promises and Perils of Pre-analysis Plans. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 29 (3): 61-80. Available at: https://economics.mit.edu/files/10654

Session 7

Nikolov, P., 2013. Writing Tips For Economics Research Papers. mimeo. Available at: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~pnikolov/resources/writingtips.pdf

Dudenhefer, P. 2014. A Guide to Writing in Economics. Part 1. mimeo.  Available at: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58991b1546c3c4da5df402e4/t/589c5b0f37c58162f7acb007/1486641936481/A+Guide+to+Writing+in+Economics.pdf

Piazzesi, Monika, Tips on how to avoid disaster in presentations. mimeo. Available at: http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~mdo738/teaching/piazzesi.pdf

Sessions 8 and 9 Student presentations

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