IECO-401-70 IECO Senior Seminar
Spring for 2016-2017
The principal aim of this course is to develop the skills and techniques needed for carrying out a substantive original research project in economics. To achieve this purpose, the course will first introduce the most used empirical research methods (randomized trials, quasi and natural experiments, instrumental variable, regression discontinuity etc) in economics through the state-of-the-art literature in several fields of economics, such as health, urban, development, experimental economics, political economy, and discrimination. It will also focus on the writing and presentation of a research paper. Students may choose from a wide variety of topics. Along the way, students will learn how to evaluate scholarly literature, formulate and model a hypothesis, locate data and test the hypothesis using empirical methods discussed during the class, write an elegant paper and give a convincing presentation.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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