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EC331: Research in Applied Economics

  • Gianna Boero

    Module Leader
  • Christian Soegaard

    Module Lecturer
  • Jonathan Cave

    Module Lecturer
30 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module
Autumn Module

Principal Aims

The module provides an opportunity to deepen and consolidate previous knowledge by applying the basic ideas of economics to pursue research on a question of the student’s own choice. In answering their research question students will be expected to use a combination of economic analysis and statistical techniques. The project will often use econometric methods, but there is also an option to produce a project based on applied economic theory. Students are expected to attend lectures on research methodology, formulate an initial proposal and refine their choice into a manageable research question under the supervision of a member of academic staff who will support student research towards an independent project.

Principal Learning Outcomes

The module provides an opportunity to learn how to do independent applied economic research. By the end of the module students should be able to understand how economists approach questions and construct persuasive arguments supported by theory and empirical evidence. Students will develop the ability to frame a research question, identify and apply an appropriate model to address their question, develop an appropriate data set, select appropriate ways to test a specific hypothesis, use their results to create a scholarly argument, present their research orally to an audience and in a written form.


The module will typically cover the following topics: research methods; guidance on choosing a topic, developing a research question, searching the literature, guide to economic data sources, overview of useful techniques for applied economic analysis.


Core Module
L100 - Year 3, GL11 - Year 3, GL12 - Year 4, L116 - Year 3, L117 - Year 4, L103 - Year 4
Optional Module
LM1D (LLD2) - Year 3, V7ML - Year 3, V7MM - Year 4, V7MP - Year 3, V7MR - Year 3, LM1H - Year 4
Pre or Co-requisites
EC204 or EC201 + EC202, and EC203 or EC220 + EC221 or EC226
Not available to non-final year students on Economics-based degrees.
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Not available on a part-year basis


Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Assignment 1 (Literature Review ) (10%) Presentation 1 (10%) Assignment 2 (Final Project) (80%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric


Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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