- Department: Economics and Related Studies
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Maria Garcia Reyes
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: H
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
In this final semester module students undertake a piece of independent empirical research in economics, within one of a number of prescribed subject areas. The work is supervised, primarily through workshop groups, by a member of staff with expertise in that area. Summative assessment comprises three elements:
(max 1000-word) progress report, 10%
15-minute presentation to the workshop group, 15%
(max 4500-word) final report, 75%
Important note: After you have selected and been allocated your module choices there is a further requirement in order for you to retain your place on this module. You are required to write a 250-word outline of the topic you would like to write your dissertation on, specifying the workshop group you wish to join: finance, health, macroeconomics, microeconomics or social policy.
At the end of Year 2 end of the Semester 2 you will receive a link to a google form for submission of this information. The deadline for submission of your outline is Friday Week 11 of Semester 2 of Year 2 at 12 noon.
Please note that if you fail to submit a dissertation outline proposal you will lose your place on this module and will have to select an alternative.
|A||Semester 2 2023-24|
To enable students to undertake individual and independent empirical research, applying the theoretical concepts and empirical techniques acquired elsewhere in the degree programme, and thus developing and assessing their ability to:
apply these concepts and techniques
present cogently the results of such work
Through taking this module, a student will develop skills and knowledge relating in particular to:
defining feasible hypotheses and objectives for empirical research in economics, drawing on appropriate economic theory and concepts
locating and compiling economic data
applying appropriate techniques, principally econometric, in analysing that data and testing hypotheses
presenting their analysis in a coherent final report, including in a way that would be intelligible to non-specialists
working independently, but also interactively through workshops discussing with, and presenting to, other students working on their own projects
Lecture 1 Introduction to the Module, Literature Review Data sources
Lecture 2 Finding what you need, Search Strategy Managing your references How to narrow your dissertation topic? Preparing your data
Lecture 3 Preparing your proposal and STATA practical Session
Lecture 4 Preparing your results and Preparing your presentation
Workshops are relatively flexible but work on the following themes but are specific to the group's needs and specific topics.
Workshop 1 Introduction
Workshop 2 Discussion on topics and research proposal
Workshop 3 Discussion on data and methodology
Workshop 4 Preparation for your presentation
Workshop 5 Discussion on presenting and analysing your results
|Task||Length||% of module mark|
Coursework : Economics Dissertation
Presentation : Economics Dissertation
Summative assessment value:
Research proposal (10%)
Individual Presentation (15%)
Final dissertation (75%)
The module is NOT re-assessable. If there are exceptional circumstances in place students will apply to a reweight of the percentages rather than a retake on summative assessment.
Students are provided with individual feedback on the research proposal and presentation.
Greenlaw, Steven A, Doing Economics: A Guide to Understanding and Carrying Out Economic Research, South-Western College Pub, 2005.
Gujarati D N and D.C. Porter, Basic Econometrics, (5th edn), McGraw-Hill, 2009