Master Development Economics

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

 

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Master Thesis Seminar

Rémi Bazillier

 

The purpose of this course is to help students enrolled in the M2R "Development Economics" write their Master 2 thesis, that is undertake an individual research project that exhibits original investigation, analysis and interpretation.

 

The Master 2 thesis is due on May 18, 2018 and all the defenses (the thesis is defended in front of the advisor and at least one other examiner) must be organized before May 25, 2018. Candidates to a doctoral fellowship must then submit their application before end of June. The Master 2 thesis workshop is therefore critical to allow you to meet these demanding deadlines. As a consequence, students re required to attend all the sessions of the Master 2 thesis workshop. They will obtain a grade for both attendance at the sessions and participation/presentations. These grades will also take into account attendance at the Paris Sorbonne Sustainable Development Seminar, since this will constitute a direct source of ideas for students' own research. More precisely, attendance at the Paris Sorbonne Sustainable Development Seminar will be monitored and absence from more than ¼ of the seminars will result in point deduction from the Master 2 thesis workshop grade. During the academic year, Master thesis workshop sessions will take place usually on Thursdays, usually from 2:00 pm to 3 :30 pm (see the program below). For more information on the organization of this academic year, see the presentation displayed during the welcome session of the M2R "Development Economics" (here). You can also check the website of the M2R "Development Economics" to download the courses' syllabi and the professors' CVs.

 

Round 1: Getting started.

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2 sessions of the Master 2 thesis workshop consist in a methodological course on scientific writing in the field of economics. It will help the students address the following questions: how to define a good research project? how to write a good Master 2 thesis?

 

Datasets

 

MEDevcon: This website links to a variety of datasets for empirical development economists, most of which are freely accessible (micro and macro data)

The Macrodataguide: The MacroDataGuide is a user’s guide to researchers and students worldwide in search of high quality data for social science research. It informs not only on which data are out there and where they can be found, it also provides a qualitative assessement of these resources.

The Quality of Government (QOG) dataset: The QoG Institute offers a range of datasets on indicators of Quality of Government and all things related.

ICPSR : Bibliothèque de bases de données sur tous les thèmes

DHS : Demographic and Health Surveys

LSMS : Living Standards Measurement Study of the World Bank

Entreprise Surveys: The Enterprise Surveys team has released firm-level estimates of productivity based on face-to-face interviews with top managers and business owners in over 76,000 companies in 114 economies.

DRI : Global Development Network Growth Database : New York University : Development Research Institute

Penn World Table

Available over the Web : Statistical Data on Developing Countries:

Webec : World Wide Web Resources in Economics:

U.N Statistics Division

World Bank Research Data set : Research Datasets : Data By Topic and Key Development Data & Statistics Global Development Network Growth Database

International Monetary Fund : IMF (FMI) : Data & Statistics et Country Information

UNDP : Human Development Reports and Statistics

CEPAL : Statistiques and Données Macroéconomiques

International Food Policy Research Institute : IFPRI : Database

OECD Stats

ILO : International Labour Organisation

World Trade Organization : WTO

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund : UNICEF : Information by Country

Développement Institutions & Analyses de Long terme (Centre de Recherche en Développement) : DIAL : Enquêtes Statistiques et Documents de Travail

Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales (Trade datasets) : CEPII : Bases de données

U.S Census Bureau

U.S International Trade Commission

Corruption : Transparency International and Corruption Perceptions Index

Armed conflicts: Correlates Of War  International Peace Research Institute World Bank

Education : UNESCO : Statistiques et éducation

Center for International Development :  CID (Barro & Lee)

Migration & Remittances : World Bank Datasets ,  International Migration Datasets

 

 

Thursday September 14th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Research Methodology 1: Defining a good research project, by Rémi BAZILLIER

Slides

CNRS ranking of journals : here

Reading material:

The International Development Blogosphere

Ideas for Development (blog coordinated by the Agence Française de Développement)

Keith Head : collected advice on doing research (The introduction formula, the 10 commandements for regression tables, how to do empirical economics, how do i write a scientific paper…)

Check the list of seminars you can attend in Paris: here

 

 

 

 

Thursday September 28th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Research Methodology 2: Writing a good paper, by Rémi BAZILLIER

 

Slides

M2 Thesis Template LateX pdf

Kuecken & Valfort (2014), ”Does Teacher Truancy Prevent Students from Learning? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa”

 

 

 

 

October 2 – Deadline to submit your application to the Ph-D Track

 

Thursday October 12th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation of the potential supervisors and their research topics

 

Thursday October 19th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Discussion with former students

 

Thursday October 26th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Workshop IDEAS (alumni) – CV, motivation letter

 

Round 2: Choosing a research topic

 

October 25 – Deadline to submit a one-page-description of your research interest (to be included in the brainstorming sessions)

 

Thursday November 9th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Brainstorming Session (I)

 

Students present their research interest in front of professors.

Only students who will have sent a one-page-description of their research interest to Rémi Bazillier by October 25 will be given the opportunity to elaborate on it during the brainstorming sesssions.

 

 

Thursday November 23th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Brainstorming Session (II)

 

 

November 29th – Administrative deadline to submit the topic of the thesis and name of supervisor

 

Thursday January 11th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

 

The days and order of presentations are preliminary and might be changed.

Please fill in the Framacalc file to add the final reference of your benchmark paper and the title of your Master Thesis.

 

List of Presentations and Benchmark papers (Framacalc)   

 

Presentation by the students of their benchmark paper (I)

 

 

Thursday January 18th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation by the students of their benchmark paper (II)

 

 

Thursday January 25th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation by the students of their benchmark paper (III)

 

Thursday February 1st -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation by the students of their benchmark paper (IV)

 

 

 

Thursday February 8th -  14h – 15h30 room S/3

Workshop IDEAS (alumni) II – CV, motivation letter

 

 

 

Round 3: Writing the Master Thesis

 

February 3 – Deadline to send a short research proposal (5 pages)

 

 

Thursday March 8th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation by the students of their preliminary results (I)

 

Thursday March 15th-  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation by the students of their preliminary results (II)

 

Thursday March 22th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation by the students of their preliminary results (III)

 

Thursday March 29th -  14h – 15h30 room S19

Presentation by the students of their preliminary results (IV)

 

May 18 – Deadline to submit your Master Thesis

 

22-25 May : Master Thesis Defense