Understanding the Economics Literature Through Maps
In this assignment, students explore a focused area of the economics literature to determine the relevant research questions, methodologies, and debates. The final deliverable is a "map" of 4-5 related articles. The map should emphasize the relationships between the articles and characterize the larger themes in the area of research.
Practice deconstructing primary articles in economics (identification of Research Questions, methodologies, data sources, etc.)
Learn to place individual articles within their larger context within the field.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
* This assignment first asks students to read an economics journal article like a scholar in the field, determining the article's research question, claim, contribution to the literature, data, methodology, and evidence.
* It then asks students to use information literacy tools to find 3-4 other articles linked to this original article through citations.
* The final deliverable is to create a "map" of these articles. The map should describe the relationships between the articles as well as the larger themes in this area of the literature.