Introduction to research methods in economcis

(Graduate course)

Prof. Rosella Nicolini





Day 1 Research methodology
Day 2 Writing a research essay
Day 3 Working on a path-breaking paper
Day 4 Discussion review essays
Day 5 Discussion review essays

On-line material

A) Paper to be discussed:

Avinash K. Dixit and Joseph E. Stiglitz
“Monopolistic Competition and Optimum Product Diversity”
The American Economic Review, Vol. 67, No. 3 (Jun., 1977), pp. 297-308. [pdf]

[1] Krugman, Paul (1991):“Increasing Returns and Economic Geography” The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 99(3), pp. 483-499.”[pdf]
[2] Ciccone, Antonio and Hall, Robert E, (1996):“Productivity and the Density of Economic Activity”, American Economic Review, , vol. 86(1), pages 54-70.[pdf]
[3] Cassiman, Bruno and Veugelers, Reinhilde (2002):“R&D Cooperation and Spillovers: Some Empirical Evidence from Belgium”, American Economic Review, Vol. 92(4),pp. 1169-1184. [pdf]

[4] Esteban, Joan, and Debraj Ray (2008): "On the Salience of Ethnic Conflict." American Economic Review, vol. 98(5): 2185–2202.[pdf]

[5] Peri, Giovanni and Sparber, Chad (2009): "Task Specialization, Immigration, and Wages," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol. 1(3), pages 135-69, July.[pdf]


B) A website of reference: San Francisco Edit

- Writing an effective first draft


C) Some useful websites:

- Ariel Pakes (Harvard University): suggestion for writing a referee report assignment

- Chandrasekhar, R. (UWA): “How to write a thesis: a working guide"


D) Documents discussed in class

Slides presentations (ppt)

Discussion Dixit-Stiglitz (1977) (pdf)

Last Update: January 2nd 2012.