1. Opening Paragraphs
Write two sentences introducing your chosen topic. The first sentence should identify the general topic of wide interest that your specific question relates to. The second paragraph should signal your specific question. For example:
Polar bear populations are plummeting due to recent changes in the climate. The question of how to best protect polar bear habitats, however, has been contested.
2. Literature reviews
Come prepared to discuss the paper in class. Generally, you should read carefully, actively, and critically. Try to get a good sense of what the paper does. Things to think about whilst reading:
- What is the fundamental economic theory?
- How does that fit in with what you know?
- What is the empirical strategy? Does that seem like a good idea?
- What are the results? Do they seem plausible?
- What do you learn from the paper? Does it give you other ideas?