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What does a short paper look like? G.H. Kuper / T. Bao
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1/30/2018 Empirical Research Paper 2 Typical Outline of a Short Paper Title page 1 page 1. Introduction 1-2 pages 2. Theory/Economic model (Optional) 1-2 pages 3. Data 1-2 pages 4. Econometric model & Hypotheses 1 page 5. Results 1-2 pages 6. Conclusion 1 page References 1 page Appendix A: “title” (optional) Appendix B: “title” (optional) Max. pages excluding appendices 8-10 pages
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Helpful readings Cochrane (2005) “Writing tips for PhD students”: ers/phd_paper_writing.pdf Nikolov (2013) “Writing tips for economic research papers”: tingtips.pdf It is indeed for PhD students. But following some to most of the guidance surely helps you to get an 8 or higher for your bachelor paper/thesis. 1/30/2018 Empirical Research Paper 3
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Besides Read at least one published papers on a top journal. No problem if you don’t understand the content. Just get a feeling how they write. Some suggested authors: Gregory Mankiw, Paul Krugman or Andrei Shleifer. Particularly helpful if you print such a paper and compare with your paper section by section to see how yours can be improved. 1/30/2018 Empirical Research Paper 4
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1/30/2018 Empirical Research Paper 5 What’s on the Title Page? “Title” “Your names and student numbers” “Date” Abstract “Brief abstracts of 100 words” Keywords: “one”, “two”, “three”
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1/30/2018 Empirical Research Paper 6 Example (just to get the idea)
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About Title Typically not too long, e.g. fewer than 10 words. Often used structure: “an empirical/theoretical/time series/cross sectional study/investigation on the relation between X and Y”. Short title “X and Y”. Use a question: “Does X causes/increases/reduces Y?” More eye-grabbing titles may be used, e.g. using variation of the title of a famous poem/fiction/fairy tale. But relatively rare. 1/30/2018 Empirical Research Paper 7
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Structure of an abstract Typically 3-4 sentences. 1. What do you study? 2. What do you find? 3. Why is your study useful or important? 1/30/2018 Empirical Research Paper 8
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Structure of an abstract “We did a study on problem X (using method Y).” “We find A causes/increases/reduces/is uncorrelated with B.” Avoid vague sentence like “We find A influences B”. Be clear about what the influence is!
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