ECON 8219-001 Research Methods Workshop 2 – PhD
Syllabus Economics 8219: Research Methods Seminar II Spring 2004 Professor Michael J. Greenwood Economics Room 106 [email protected] This course is required of all PhD students in Economics. The objective of this two-semester course is to encourage the student to develop a chapter of his/her dissertation. A closely associated goal is for the student to have by semester’s end a reasonably well-polished paper that is ready or near-ready for submission to a refereed journal. (Having at least one paper accepted by a refereed journal is a tremendous advantage when you enter the job market. It is an important criterion by which individuals are selected for personal interviews at the meetings.) As I see it, your dissertation may provide more detail than the paper that is drawn from it. Good scientists leave clear tracks for others to follow. PhD dissertations typically allow more opportunities for leaving tracks than published papers because an almost inevitable byproduct of the refereeing process is the shortening of the manuscript. Thus, for example, your dissertation chapter may contain a fairly detailed discussion of the literature, whereas in a manuscript prepared for submission to a journal, this discussion typically should be limited to a paragraph or two. Another example involves data. Your dissertation should reflect an absolutely thorough knowledge of any data you use, but a manuscript drawn from it may contain little more than a table of means and standard deviations and perhaps a brief discussion of the pros and cons of the data set. Furthermore, your dissertation may contain more detailed regression results and more diagnostic tests than the manuscript. Dissertations and books provide opportunities for scientific expression not provided by journal articles, where page length is a critical consideration. Your dissertation provides a wonderful opportunity for you to preserve the details of your research. The goal of your first semester’s work was to produce a fairly detailed project proposal that included a literature review. This semester you are expected to carry your project to completion. To this end, each of you will have two class periods to present your work. The first presentation we will consider to be a rough draft. This follows by about two months your final presentation (of your project proposal) during the fall term. Roughly two months after the presentation of your rough draft, you will be expected to present your final draft in the context of a research seminar. Please inform me of the professor with whom you are working, and please invite this individual and anyone else you desire to this seminar. We will not issue a general invitation to this seminar. For your final presentation, please make a copy of your paper available to all participants at least two days in advance of your seminar. Grading. In a course of this nature, I hope to be able to give each student an A. However, this grade requires the achievement of the ultimate goal of the course, which is a paper that is ready or near ready for submission to a journal. It also requires participation. This is a seminar, and seminars work well only when its members participate. I expect your participation, which is to say that I expect you to be involved in the questions, comments, and suggestions that are critical to the constructive atmosphere of this course. Availability. Please feel free to approach me at any time that I am in my office. I encourage you to do this. Because of noise in the hallway, I keep my door shut except during formal office hours. Rap on my door at any time. My office phone number is 303-492-2650. My home number is 303-449-3725. If you wish, you may call me to set up an appointment. The schedule of presentations follows.