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Economics: Get Started

Find a Topic

Where to Find Ideas

  • Class discussions or readings
  • Presentations at relevant conferences
  • Articles in discipline related journals and trade publications
  • Relevant current events

Popular Journals in Your Field

American Economic Review
American Economic Review publishes scholary articles and papers on a range of topics as economic development, econometrica, Macro & Micro Economics, Monetary Public Policy.

Economic Inquiry
Economic Inquiry publishes research in all economic disciplines.

Journal of Economic Issues - JEI
JEI publishes articles concerning evolutionary economics, economic history, institutional economics, and international economics and trade.

Rand Journal of Economics
The topics covered by this journal include econometrics, economic development, economic theory, law & economics, micro economics and public policy economics.

Review of Economic & Statistics
The Review of Economics & Statistics publishes articles on applied economics.

Narrow a Topic

Narrowing a topic requires you to be more specific about your research interest and can help you to develop a thesis.

Questions to Narrow Your Topic

  • Who? Who is the specific person/group to which you would like to limit your research?
  • What? What specific aspect of the broad topic idea is interesting to you?
  • Where? To which specific geographic area or region would you like to limit your research?
  • When? On what time period would you like your research focused?
  • Why? Why do you think this is an important/interesting topic?

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis is typically a one sentence statement in the first paragraph, or beginning, of your project that states your purpose. Thesis statements should be arguable, specific, detailed, and meaningful.