Master Development Economics
Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Master Thesis Seminar
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.
STATTRANSFER software to convert xls, sas... to stata
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?
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.
Available over the Web : Statistical Data on Developing Countries:
Webec : World Wide Web Resources in Economics:
UNDP : Human Development Reports and Statistics
ILO : International Labour Organisation
World Trade Organization : WTO
Center for International Development : CID (Barro & Lee)
Thursday September 14th - 14h – 15h30 room S19
Research Methodology 1: Defining a good research project, by Rémi BAZILLIER
CNRS ranking of journals : here
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
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.
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