• Code IDEC8033
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • 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, Economic Policy, Applied Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

This course allows students to pursue a substantive piece of independent research on a topic of their choice in economics under the guidance of an academic economist at ANU. Usually, the research project will be quantitative in nature, although theoretical or other contributions are also possible. The student must develop a strong research question, bring evidence to bear on this question, and clearly and concisely provide detail on the research design, results, implications, and limitations. The course is taken over two consecutive semesters, and the dissertation is due at the end of the second semester of enrolment. The dissertation should not exceed 15,000 words.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conduct independent and original research in economics.
  2. Critically review the relevant literature and demonstrate a sound understanding of the contribution of the project to the field.
  3. Choose and apply appropriate methods to answer an important research question in economics.
  4. Communicate the study’s analysis and arguments in a clear and concise style that is suitable for economics journals.
  5. Deliver effective oral research presentations that can describe the research and situate it in the broader context.

Other Information

This course is to be taken over two consecutive semesters (6 units of enrolment each semester). The dissertation is due at the end of the second semester of enrolment. Each dissertation will graded by two examiners.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research proposal (2 pages) (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Presentation of research proposal (5 minutes) and brief discussion of the proposal of another student (2 minutes) (5) [LO 5]
  3. Interim presentation (10 minutes) and brief discussion of the work of another student (2 minutes) (5) [LO 5]
  4. Interim (work-in-progress) paper (maximum 9,000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final presentation (10 minutes) and brief discussion of the work of another student (2 minutes) (5) [LO 5]
  6. Dissertation (maximum 15,000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  7. Replication files (data, code, and other workings; no limit) (5) [LO 1,3]

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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 or equivalent, IDEC8002 Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy or equivalent, IDEC8015 Mathematical Methods in Applied Economics or equivalent, IDEC8016 Microeconomic Analysis and Policy or equivalent, 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 or are currently enroled in 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.

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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