ECON 895: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 895-017: Seminar on Empirical Research
(Fall 2022)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders Hall) 468

Section Information for Fall 2022

The main purpose of this course is to help PhD students learn how to write an empirical paper, with a focus on the application of microeconometrics to policy-relevant questions, including program evaluation. Ideally, students will start the semester with well-defined research questions, and some inkling of econometric models and appropriate data for addressing the question, and they will be able to complete a draft of an original empirical paper during the semester. The paper can also be a dissertation chapter.

Students who are less advanced will advance their skills by carrying out a replication project, using different data from the original article, and writing a paper explaining the replication.

The course is intended to help this process with regular writing assignments and feedback from the instructor and course colleagues, several opportunities to make presentations, and the discipline of requirements and deadlines.

Students will learn many examples of empirical microeconomic research on public policies, and they will delve deeply into one in which they have particular interest. Some of the class meetings will be held in conjunction with a parallel course offered by Professor John Earle in the Schar School of Policy and Government.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate or Non-Degree.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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