So I hear you’re thinking about doing a PhD in Economics! Well if that’s true, then you must be a masochist!
There are many people that are willing to offer free advice on how best to complete the enduring task of writing a PhD dissertation, and I am not going to write out my top ten tips as to how to be successful. Mainly because I don’t have such a list! This is an individualized journey, a process of self-exploration, and your development is an internal one that should not be compared to your classmates.
Here are a couple sources from successful academics that I have found to be insightful to various degrees.
- Writing Tips for Ph.D. Students: John Cochrane writes an entertaining paper on how to write a research paper.
- Ph.D. Thesis Research – Where do I start?, Don Davis
- Successful Paper Seminar, Don Davis
- An unofficial guidebook for PhD students in economics and education (plenty of extra links included)
- Research Template: This is a template that I have created, with significant influence from Alex Eble’s research idea template (his website is also full of useful links).
- How to structure the introduction and abstract of a paper, Claudia Sahm
- Doing Research, Paul Niehaus
- How to find the right questions, Esther Duflo
- My Experienced Advice to Grads in Economics, Ariel Rubinstein
- Pep Talk on Research, David Weil
Hope you enjoy the resources and you will do an amazing job contributing to the frontiers of Economic knowledge!