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A Research Paper in Experimental Economics part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Undergraduate Research:Examples
Typically in teams of 2, students design, implement, and analyze an original experiment inspired by existing experiments in the literature. Students write a paper explaining the economics, the design, the "creative twist" making it original, the implementation, and the data analysis associated with their experiment.
A Survey Paper: Topics in Economic Growth and Development part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Undergraduate Research:Examples
This paper is designed to help students develop deeper understanding of a topic within economic growth and/or economic development and potentially lead to the development of a thesis proposal. This paper does not require students to complete an entire research project, but only asks them to develop a feasible research question based on a review of the literature.
Replicating Results of Famous Empirical Papers part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Undergraduate Research:Examples
In this exercise, students in an introductory econometrics course attempt to reproduce Solow's (1957) famous empirical estimates of the growth function. Rather than simply replicating the results, however, students are asked to apply his various econometric specifications to updated data from a number of different OECD countries. Because of the richness of this example, it is easy to modify the assignment in a variety of ways, including altering the content goals as well as the length of the written component.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience I part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Undergraduate Research:Examples
In this collaborative summer research experience, one or more faculty members work with a student to co-author an original research paper. The ultimate goal is to publish the paper in a disciplinary peer-reviewed journal. This example discusses a period of time that covers roughly 18 months: from the point of initial work on an internal proposal for summer funding through the point where the paper is first submitted to an appropriate professional peer-reviewed journal for publication.
Research Paper in Introductory Econometrics part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Undergraduate Research:Examples
Through this independent research project, students experience the process of doing real economics research using appropriate econometric methods.
Three-Semester Honors Thesis part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Undergraduate Research:Examples
This example describes a comprehensive program for scaffolding high-level, independent research over the course of a student's final three college semesters. While specifically developed to support my university's Honors program's thesis requirement, it is easily extrapolated to other independent research projects. The pre-supposition in this case is that the project is completely the student's research rather than a collaborative research project between mentor and mentee. As a result, the first semester is dedicated to the choosing of the topic and the development of a testable thesis.
Economics Senior Thesis part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Undergraduate Research:Examples
The department of economics at Elon changed its curriculum in 1995 to require an independent senior thesis for all majors. Since that time, this activity has evolved tremendously. In 2009, we changed the curriculum again to require a 2 semester hour Fall seminar component to go along with the 2 semester hours. of independent research each student completes in the Spring of their senior year.
Steve DeLoach part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Professor of Economics Elon University Campus Box 2075 Elon, NC 27244 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone:336-278-5943 Background Information Steve DeLoach is Professor of economics at Elon University in North Carolina. He ...