• 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, Applied Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • DisP Renee McKibbin
    • Dr Ryan Edwards
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

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

This course allows the student to pursue independent research on a topic of their choice in economics under the guidance of an academic economist at ANU. Usually, the essay 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 essay will be written in the style of a journal article typical in economics and should not exceed 7,000 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 economic literature and demonstrate a sound understanding of the strengths and limitations of existing research and where the research project fits within the field.
  3. Choose and apply appropriate analytical 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.

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. Presentation of research essay (10 minutes) and brief discussion of the work of another student (2 minutes) (5) [LO 5]
  4. Research essay (maximum 7,000 words) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Replication files (data, code, and other workings; no limit) (5) [LO 1,3]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students need to 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. You are unable to enrol in this course if you have previously completed or are currently enrolled in IDEC8033 Research Project.

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2024 $4680 Standard Rate
2024 $3720 Grandfathered Rate*

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International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2235 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
3928 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
7228 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A
8938 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online N/A

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