This unit deals with the nature and practice of research and inquiry in applied economics. Topics covered will include: the scientific method; inductive thought and deductive logic; research as an orderly process of inquiry; preparation of research proposals; sources of data for economists; quantitative methods used to work with data, writing skills, ethics in research and other relevant topics. Examples of research in theoretical economics, empirical/applied research and wider debates in scientific disciplines will be used to illustrate topics.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd Literature Review (20%), 1x2500wd Research proposal (60%), 1x1000wd Quantitative Assignment (20%)
ECOS3997 or ECON3999 or ECON3998