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Composing good topics for economic research papers

Choosing a good topic for your economics research paper is the most important part of writing it. You are going to pursue this topic in depth so it is essential that it is not only a “good” topic but also that it interests you deeply.

Selection becomes a dreaded chore as mostly the idea is vague in the head, such as ‘I want to write about the beverage industry” or is divorced from the subject of economics. A good way to start is to think of it as “let’s discuss an issue.” This approach lends itself to a plethora of choices but may not be suitable for an econometrics term paper.

The starting point of your research is looking up articles, journals; policy papers etc. and these are not usually available online. You will need to go to the school library to access them. Ask the librarian for help if you are not familiar with economic journals. Another good way is to look at the term papers that you have worked on and see if there is an impetus for a full research there.

Most thesis fall into one of the following categories:

  • Empirical Research
  • Empirical research is about testing a hypothesis. There may be something you read or worked on in one of your courses and may be interested how it plays out in the light of new data that you will collect. There may be some hypothesis you worked on one of your term papers, which gave rise to one or more theoretical or empirical question(s), and is open to more exploration.

  • Library Research
  • Library research is geared towards answering a question based on available information, research and published material. The information is reviewed, integrated, and presented from the angle of your question.

  • Original Theoretical Presentation
  • An original theoretical presentation is a set of propositions that explain economic relationships more precisely than existing theories.

Here are some topics for research papers. This is not an exhaustive list of course. You can Google for more examples and talk to the faculty at school for suggestions:

  1. Taxes on Cigarettes
  2. Impact of the auto industry on economy
  3. Subsidized housing
  4. Effects of Immigration
  5. The economics of poverty
  6. Healthcare Economics: Are the current policies promoting or hindering growth and development?
  7. Effects of a major company’s bankruptcy on the overall economy of a country, region, or the world

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