Student Research

This page is for students who want to do economic research.

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 communicated directly, even by an eloquent lecturer. Tacit knowledge can be learned through practice: 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.

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