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Student Research

This page provides resources for students who want to do economics.

Economists have formal and tacit knowledge. Formal knowledge can be verbalized, memorized, and recapitulated, for example, knowledge about properties of the Huber-White variance estimator. Tacit knowledge is the collection of skills, ideas, and experiences involved with knowledge used in practice. Formal knowledge is "know-that" or "know-why"; Tacit knowledge is "know-how", and it cannot be directly communicated, even by an eloquent lecturer. Tacit knowledge can be learned through practice, i.e., by doing: A teacher can explain the mechanical parts that make up a bicycle's physical structure, but only you can learn how to ride. (She can, however, offer constructive feedback after you try.) You can gain economic know-how by doing economics.

Examples of student research:The research process:
Guidelines for offering written verbal feedback:
Join the Conversation! Economics Journals for Undergraduates:
Read these before disseminating your research: