[ 971MASTEDMS10 ] SE Master Thesis Seminar

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
1 ECTS M2 - Master's programme 2. year Economics Rene Böheim 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Economics 2016S
Objectives Guidance and feedback for students on their Master Thesis, in addition to the supervision provided by the students' supervisors.
Subject Students will have to present their thesis in class and discuss presentations of other students.
1. A first presentation, "early stage", shall outline the question, relevance, planned method, key literature, and open questions/problems (about 10min). This should allow for constructive criticism and additional suggestion to help the student writing the thesis.
2. A second presentation, "final stage", shall present the final result: question, theory, results, robustness, and conclusion (about 20min).
Criteria for evaluation
  • First presentation: 30%
  • Second presentation: 40%
  • Participation in class: 30%

Attendance: min. 80% of meetings.

Methods Presentations and Discussion.
Language English
Study material
  • Angrist, Joshua D. and Jörn-Steffen Pischke (2010), The Credibility Revolution in Empirical Economics: How Better Research Design Is Taking the Con out of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Perspectives 24(2), 330.
  • Davis, Don (n.d.), Ph.D. Thesis Research: Where do I Start?
  • Dudenhefer, Paul (2009), A Guide to Writing in Economics.
  • McCloskey, Deirdre, 2000, Economical Writiing, Waveland Press.
  • Thomson, William (1999), The Young Persons Guide to Writing Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Literature 37(1), 157183.
  • Varian, Hal R. (1994), How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time.
  • Thomson, William (2001), A Guide for the Young Economist, MIT Press
Changing subject? Yes
Further information The number of meetings may depend on the number of students who are participating in this class. It is possible to present the first presentation in one and the second presentation in the next term, longer delays have to require special permission. Students must coordinate with their supervisor, the supervisor must be present for each presentation.
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority