EMPIRICAL PROJECT ESSAY The empirical project (EP) should be based on a carefully developed research question that, if properly executed, would be of similar quality to papers published in applied Economics journals. The final stage of the EP should comprise the following components: 1. A title page with author name(s) [in alphabetical order] followed by an abstract with keywords. 2. A 5-paragrah introduction covering (1.5 pages): a. Motivation (i.e. the main research question and why we should care about it). b. The most relevant elements from your literature review. c. The contribution of your research question. d.
EMPIRICAL PROJECT ESSAY
The empirical strategy that you employ. e. A preview of your findings. 3. A literature review covering (1 page): a. The most important theoretical papers on the topic. b. The most important empirical papers on the topic. 4. A data section covering (1 page): a. A description of the data relied on in the project. b. Summary statistics 5. An empirical section covering (1 page): a. The primary empirical challenges that arise when researchers attempt to answer your research question. b. How your empirical strategy addresses those challenges. c. Your formal empirical model. 6. A results section covering (1.5 pages): a. The output of your empirical models using the data you have chosen. b. A comparison and interpretation of differences in the specifications you chose to run. 7. A conclusion section covering (0.5 pages): a. A reiteration of the main contribution of your work. b. A discussion of the implications your work has for policy and economic theory. 8. References 9. Figures (graphs etc. go after references, not in the text) 10. Tables (these go last, not in the text)
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