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They must be NEW, not reworked schoolwork or plagiarized
Both essays must be on substantially different topics (Choose topics or
issues raised in EC1103 lectures or seminars. This will give you
somewhere to start.)
Choose topics which allow you to read widely. It is always impressive
to show a breadth or depth of reading.
Choose topics that interest you. You will work harder on topics you
More detailed advice is given in the Guidelines for writing your essays
available on Moodle. You should discuss your essay topics with your
seminar leader.
I. Trapeznikova (Royal Holloway)
October 4, 2013
General stuff
You need to read the guidelines on Moodle! Especially notes about
plagiarism and handing your essay in.
The due date is 14th of January 2014.
Your essay has to have a clear research question. One sentence with a
question mark at the end. This will help focus what you want to talk
Also consider the following hints:
Got to be about Economics.
Analytical rather than descriptive.
Interesting, well defined question.
Answered with Economic theory.
Well researched (i.e. not Wikipedia, Investopedia, etc.).
I. Trapeznikova (Royal Holloway)
October 4, 2013
Handing in your essay
Before you hand in your essay to the Department Office you must
first submit it to Turnitin via Moodle. Turnitin is a plagiarism
detection service. Instructions on how to submit your essay will
appear on Moodle.
When you submit your essay on Turnitin you will receive a digital
receipt to your email. You should print out the first page only of this
receipt and attach it to the hard copy of your essay before handing it
in the Department Office.
The copy you submit to Turnitin must be identical (barring diagrams
where appropriate) to the hard copy submitted.
Hand in your essay to the Department Office (H209) by 12 noon on
the date laid out in the current Student Handbook.
I. Trapeznikova (Royal Holloway)
October 4, 2013
Plagiarism is a serious academic offence which can lead to failure of
the course or even the loss of your degree.
Examples of plagiarism are not appropriately referencing sources and
failure to appropriately acknowledge the work of others in your essays.
To help you familiarize yourself with rules regarding plagiarism and
referencing, you are required to work through the document
Guidelines for writing your essays.
You should complete the online tutorial on plagiarism which is part of
Further information on this is available via a link at the course
Moodle page. The Student Handbook provides additional information
on plagiarism and lists a number of sources on academic writing.
Academic writing courses are available from the Language Centre (see
I. Trapeznikova (Royal Holloway)
October 4, 2013
Essay Resources
Books! (in the library or a bookshop)
Academic literature (economists mostly write articles in academic
journals). Here are some prominent ones:
American Economic Review (AER)
Journal of Political Economy (JPE)
Quarterly Journal of Economics (QJE)
Journal of Economic Perspectives (JEP)
Journal of Economic Literature (JEL)
Review of Economics and Statistics (ReStat)
Economic Journal (EJ)
The NBER ( is a great place to find working papers.
JSTOR is a great online academic library where you could search for
key words, authors, journals, etc.
You can access these free through the library system. NBER you can
access directly on campus.
I. Trapeznikova (Royal Holloway)
October 4, 2013
Essay Resources
There are also many ‘field’ journals, for example:
Journal of Development Economics
Journal of Labor Economics
Journal of Public Economics
Games and Economic Behaviour
Journal of Financial Economics
You get the idea…
In addition, there are a number of webpages and blogs maintained by
leading economists, which you may find interesting:
Don’t forget to reference properly and provide a bibliography.
I. Trapeznikova (Royal Holloway)
October 4, 2013
Data Sources
Where to find data for your essays
World Bank
Main economic indicators (inflation, unemployment, output growth)
Education, health, life expectancy
Climate change, environment
Public sector, infrastructure
Main economic indicators for EU countries
Industry, agriculture, international trade
Population, social conditions
Bank of England
Financial sector, inflation, interest rates, monetary aggregates
UK Office for National Statistics
Labour market, population, education, crime, etc.
I. Trapeznikova (Royal Holloway)
October 4, 2013


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