GD3253
Economics Research Methods

 

1.0 SYNOPSIS
The objective of this course is to provide students with the experience of designing and implementing an economic research project. Some of the important topics covered in this course include identifying researchable issue, preparing a research proposal, literature search and writing a critical literature review, theories in economic research, locating and transforming economic data, empirical methods in economic research, and the writing of an economic research paper.

 

2.0 OBJECTIVES
2.1
To provide students with an understanding of the researching process and getting their involvement in each of the process.

2.2

To build students’ confidence in designing and implementing an economic research project, with a research proposal as the end output.

2.3
To provide a platform for students to present and defend their research proposal.

 

3.0 REFERENCES
3.1
Fisher, C. 2004. Researching and writing a dissertation for business students. UK: Prentice Hall.

3.2

Wyrick, T.L. 1994. The economist’s handbook: a research and writing guide. USA: West Publishing Company.

3.3
Medeure, S and Sammuels, W. 1998. Foundations of research in economics. Edward Elgar.

3.4

James D. Lester. 2001. Writing research papers. 9th edition. Longman.
3.5
James D. Lester and James D. Lester, Jr. 2001. Writing research papers: a complete guide, 10th edition. Longman.
3.6
James D. Lester and James D. Lester, Jr. 2002. The essential guide: research writing across the disciplines. 2nd edition. Longman.

 

4.0 LECTURE SCHEDULE
Week Topic Reference Downloadable Items
1

An introduction to research methods

Fisher, Chp0 [A1] [A2] [A3]
2 Identify researchable issue
Fisher, Chp1
[Assignment 1] [Prop1] [Prop2]
3 Preparing a research proposal Fisher, Chp1 [Notes] [Project]
4 Writing a short descriptive report
Wyrick, Chp5 [A1] [A2] [A3] [Assignment 2]
5
Literature search and writing a critical literature review
Wyrick, Chp3
Fisher, Chp2

[Assignment 3]
6 Writing a summary report Wyrick, Chp6 [A1] [A2] [A3] [Assignment 4]
7 Theories in economic research Wyrick, Chp10
Fisher, Chp3

 
8 Locating and transforming economic data Wyrick, Chp1-2
 
9 Empirical methods in economic research Wyrick, Chp11
Fisher, Chp4-5

 
10 Empirical methods in economic research Wyrick, Chp11
Fisher, Chp4-5
 
11 Writing an economic research paper

Wyrick, Chp9 Wyrick, Chp12
Fisher, Chp6

 
12 Presentation of research proposal    
13   Presentation of research proposal
   
14 Presentation of research proposal    

 

5.0 COURSE EVALUATION
Assignment 1: Identifying researchable issue 10%
Assignment 2: Writing short descriptive report 10%
Assignment 3: Writing critical literature review 15%
Assignment 4: Summarizing published research article 5%
Project: Preparing research proposal 20%
Presentation of research proposal 10%
Final examination 30%
Total 100%

 

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