The aim of the course is to lead students to develop an academic-quality research project. The project will focus on a specific topic, which is covered in the class, and will analyze the consequences of the current recession with basic and publically available empirical data on the period before, during and (if available) after the recession. Students will prepare the project in groups of four.
Every student must select their general topic and group before class on week 3 (to make your choice click here).
The project will be developed in three parts to allow for feedback by the instructor. One part, worth 25% of the grade, is a research proposal paper in which the group outlines the specific research question, the literature review and preliminary results. Another part, worth 25% of the grade, consists of an in-class group presentation of 20min plus 10min Q&A. The third part, worth 50% of the grade, is the final copy of the paper.
The proposal is due before class on week 8. The date and order of the group-presentations is determined by your choice of research topic. The deadline of the final paper will be determined later, but will fall sometime from one to two weeks after the last class, week 12.
Plan of Action
Here is a simple procedure that I suggest you follow before you start concrete work on the three assignments: