Research Methods in Economics

Module Lead: Nicholas Horsewood

Credits: 10

Introduction and module objectives:

The module takes a broad view, dealing with issues pertinent to all research in economics. It includes a discussion of: literature reviews and data sources; the status and growth of economic knowledge; ethics of economic research; and overall design of a research project - aims, philosophy and methods, evaluating existing research, and writing up and disseminating findings.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all stages of the research process, including the important links between its various components;
  • critically appraise the philosophical and ethical issues relating to research in economics;
  • identify and analyse primary and secondary data sources;
  • appraise and synthesise the relevant literature, explaining how the theories have been tested;
  • design a research project, carry out research involved and communicate findings.

Method of assessment:

  • A 3,500-word research proposal (100%)