• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Econometrics, Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ryan Edwards
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
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This course provides the student with an opportunity to pursue a substantive piece of independent research on a topic of their choice in economics. The research is carried out under the supervision of an academic economist. This research project will have a strong quantitative component, although theoretical or other contributions are possible. The study must present a clear and interesting research question, bring suitable evidence to bear on this question, and provide detail on the research design, results, implications, and limitations in a clear and concise manner. The course is taken over two semesters and the dissertation is due at the end of the student’s second semester in the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Conduct original research in economics.
  2. Critically review economic literature and theory.
  3. Choose and apply appropriate analytical methods
  4. Write clearly in a style suitable for economics journals.
  5. Make effective oral research presentations.

Other Information

Each dissertation will graded by two examiners.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Proposal (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Initial presentation (5) [LO 5]
  3. Interim report (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final presentation (5) [LO 5]
  5. Dissertation (max 15,000 words) (75) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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8–10 hours of independent research per week over two semesters, totally 260 hours over the duration of the course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must -be currently enrolled in the Master of International and Development Economics or the Master of Environmental Resource Economics -have successfully completed CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy, IDEC8002 Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, IDEC8015 Mathematical Methods in Applied Economics, IDEC8016 Microeconomic Analysis and Policy and IDEC8017 Econometric Techniques or equivalent -have maintained an average of 70% in their courses in the program or equivalent and -provide written consent from a supervisor to commence in a specific semester. You are unable to enrol in this course if you have previously completed IDEC8011 Masters Research Essay.

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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2022 $8880 Standard Rate
2022 $7020 Grandfathered Rate*

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International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $11400
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
4186 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View
4187 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7173 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View
On Campus
7174 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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