2017-2018 / ECON0935-1

Training Seminar for Research in Economics


36h Th

Number of credits

 Master in economics : general (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Joseph Tharakan

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objective of this course is to introduce students to tools required to conduct research in economics.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- find and synthesize the relevant scientific literature relate to a particular topic
- understand and critically appraise both theoretical and empirical scientific papers
- formulate a research question, carry out research and communicate findings effectively

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This course is only open to students who have followed and successfully passed all the compulsory courses of the first year of the Master in Economics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

At the start of the course, based on the student's thesis topic, the different workshops, readings and seminars for the course will be established.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Recommended or required readings

J.D. Angrist and J.- S. Pischke,  Mostly Harmless Econometrics ,
Princeton University Press, 2009.
D. McCloskey, Economical writing, Waveland Press, 2nd Edition, 1999.
W. Thomson, A Guide for the Young Economist, MIT Press, 2003.

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation will be based on the attendance at seminars in economics (20%), readings (30%) as well as the research paper written and presented by the student (50%).

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Before the start of the course students should contact the lecturer to establish whether they have the necessary prerequisites to follow this course and be informed of the practical organization of the course.


J. Tharakan, email: j.tharakan@ulg.ac.be