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.
Examples of student research:
- CEO Duality and Corporate Stewardship: Evidence from Takeovers by Victor Ghazal, published in The Visible Hand (Cornell Economic Society)
- The Effect of Terminating Enforcement Actions on the Nation's Problem Banks by Ben Doehr, published in Undergraduate Economic Review
- Behavioral Biases in Mergers and Acquisitions: Do Initial Acquirer Bids Anchor Selling Company Boards? by Beau Bressler, published in Equilibria: Duke University Economic Review.
Join the conversation! Economics journals that publish undergraduate research:
- Yale Journal of Economics
- The Visible Hand (Submit by mid Fall for the Spring edition and by mid Spring for the Fall edition)
- Undergraduate Economic Review (Submissions accepted on a rolling basis)
- Michigan Journal of Business (Submissions accepted on a rolling basis)
- Issues in Political Economy (Submissions sent to referees in early February)
- Equilibria: Duke Economics Review (Dec 31 submission deadline)
- The Developing Economist
- Columbia Economic Review
- Columbia Journal of Politics and Society