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EC9AA: The Practice of Economics Research

  • Andreas Stegmann

    Module Leader
  • Dan Bernhardt

    Module Lecturer
  • Debraj Ray

    Module Lecturer
15 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

EC9AA-15 The Practice of Economics Research

Principal Learning Outcomes

"Subject Knowledge and Understanding: Have a comprehensive understanding of the main research methods and techniques deployed in economic research and analysis. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, workshops and background reading The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: A research report to be completed after the end of the module."

"Subject Knowledge and Understanding: Have an advanced knowledge of how to implement and apply the main research methods deployed in economic research and analysis. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, workshops and background reading The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: A research report to be completed after the end of the module. "

"Cognitive Skills Be in a position to critically evaluate and select appropriate main research methods and deploy these in independent self-directed economic research and analysis. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, workshops and background reading The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: A research report to be completed after the end of the module."

Syllabus

Illustrative topics might include: (i) Analysis of historical patterns of growth and development and assessment of the persistent effects of history on development today; analysis of episodes of crisis in history and interpretation to shed light on current events and debates; critical analysis of the use of historical sources.(ii) Locating, accessing, handling and analysis of official statistics, large administrative data and other datasets.(iii) The design and conduct of lab-based experiments, field experiments, and randomized control trials.(iv) The deployment of computational methods(v) The use of non-quantitative sources (case studies, legal documents) and application of appropriate methods of analysis (e.g. lexicographic analysis of historical and legal texts and of survey data).(vi) Critical appraisal of different research methods and approaches to economic research, including: qualitative methods, theoretical modelling, simulation methods and other empirical methods.(vii) Appraisal of the role of institutions, institutional change and economic performance.

Context

Core Module
L1PJ - Year 1

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Written Research Report (100%)
Exam Timing
N/A

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