ECN 422 Research Paper Outline

ECN 422 Research Paper Outline - ECN 422 Research Paper...

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ECN 422 Research Paper Outline I. Abstract 200 words or less description of what the paper is about, how the analysis was conducted and what the major findings are. II. Introduction This section sets up the problem or issue for the reader. You should provide background information defining the issue and important terms. You should state hypotheses that will be explored in greater detail to contribute to understanding the issue. Set up the rest of the paper near the end of this section: “The purpose of this paper is to …” III. Review of Literature (This may be a separate section or may be blended with introduction) This section should be a brief summary (2-3 pages max) of the major studies and findings that have been published on the research topic and how your study will contribute or add to what has already been studied. 1. Identify major findings on the topic through the present time. Search key words in econ- lit, google scholar and other library resources. Search using terms that will identify empirical research such as “The determinants of….”, “The causes of …”, “The effects of … on ….” , and be sure to use the reference sections of the papers you find for additional research (trace the research trail backwards in time). 2. Summarize each study in terms of what they did and what they found (who, how, what – 1 or 2 sentences each) 3. Summarize the body of literature by point out similarities and differences in the studies
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