EC331 Research in Applied Economics
Introduction to RAE for the current second year students
ASSESSMENTS: schedule and submission deadlines
RAE presentations: rules and procedures
IMPORTANT: The final RAE project is submitted in Term 3 week 2 (Thursday 29 April 2014). This will be submitted through e-submission (see here) as a pdf file and also in hard copy to the Undergraduate Office by 1.30pm. See details below.
For the hard copy there is no need for any formal binding
Submit electronically the following:
pdf file with project
a zipped (compressed) file with the data that you have selected for the analysis you report in your project. If this zipped file is larger than 10MB, please submit the data file(s) in a CD to the undergraduate office along with the hard copy of your final project. We expect to be able to replicate your results, so in this compressed file you may also include any other component of your work that you think would be useful for replication (log and do files, variables construction, survey questionnaires, etc).
Format of final project: 5000 words (maximum) including footnotes and tables of main results, and excluding title, abstract, table of contents and bibliography. You are also permitted an accompanying appendix (maximum 10 pages) containing aspects of data description, including such things as list of variables names, data sources, questionnaires, intermediate results, etc. Note that these 10 pages of appendix should not contain tables or discussion of your ‘key’ results.
The maximum word length for the main text is 5000 words. As is the case with all assessments on EC-coded modules, this is just what it says: it is a maximum – there is no “10% flexibility” of the type you might find in other Departments. Any project which runs over 5000 words risks a penalty. The examiner will use their discretion in the exercise of this penalty. Some students point out that previous years’ projects have run over 5000 words – this is true, but does not represent evidence that such projects have not been penalized
Lectures will be presented by Gianna Boero and take place MONDAY 2-3 (MS.02) and THURSDAY 3-4 (MS.01) during the first term only (weeks 1-3). These will be continued in the form of surgeries and workshops over terms 1 and 2. Lectures and classes in this module are designed to support student research towards an independent project. The module is assessed by this project and supporting presentations.
Lecture notes will be uploaded here.
Students will be assigned to a tutor by the end of Week 2. See Tutors: for links to tutors' pages
Tutors will arrange to see their students in classes as a group and at drop-in surgeries. The usual pattern will be that students will discuss with their tutor their initial ideas for the project topics in the first few weeks, tutors will advise on feasibility and methodology, and strongly encourage active data search. In the following weeks there will be further discussion of progress, development of ideas and data availability. At the end of Term 1 students submit a literature review and a detailed project outline and will get further guidance from tutors after the end of term. In the first few weeks of Term 2 students will give presentations of what data they have found or what theoretical approach they are taking and will get further advice. In the last half of Term 2 students will make final presentations and receive final advice through the end of term. Students are not permitted any further help by any member of the department, including research students, after week 10 of Term 2. We expect students to spend the Easter vacation revising and polishing their work.
Students are expected to see their tutors on a regular basis and to keep their tutors up-to-date with any changes to their research plans.
Data will be one of your biggest problems. If you are not familiar with key electronic resources for economics, or if you are thinking of using the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) then you would benefit from the hands-on training sessions on weeks 2 and 3 in the Library.
Library Resources slides
For the On line Library tutorial click here
For HELP ON DATA AND SOFTWARE use the helpdesk forum especially designed for RAE.
There is a module Noticeboard for news relevant to all students. If you think you have a comment or query that is of general interest, then post it on the Forum - then you can get advice (or at least sympathy) from fellow students as well as from staff. If you have any comments you can email the Module Leader.
Module Leader: Gianna Boero