Module Description: Research Methods for Economists

Instructor: Dr Achraf Mkhaiber

The module will typically cover the following topics: research methods; guidance on choosing a topic, developing a research question, searching the literature, guide to economic data sources, overview of useful techniques for applied economic analysis.

Overall, students will develop subject knowledge and understanding:  understand how economists approach questions, in particular, how they construct hypotheses and use data to discriminate between alternate explanations for events or patterns.

  • Independent research skills: students will develop organisation and time management skills required to produce their own research analysis.
  • Written communication skills: students will develop skills in writing on a specialised economics subject, clearly communicating technical economics material succinctly.
  • Oral communication skills: students will have an opportunity to present their research to a tutor and other students