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All Economics Subject Guide

Economics Research Competencies

The competent economics researcher is able to:

  • Access existing knowledge… by developing a research question
  • Display command of existing knowledge… by identifying economic issues
  • Interpret existing knowledge… by conducting a literature review
  • Interpret and manipulate economic data… by locating and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions
  • Apply existing knowledge… by applying analysis to current policy issues
  • Create new knowledge… by presenting research to others

**Adapted from Hansen, W.L., “Expected Proficiencies for Economics Majors,” 2001; and McGoldrick, K., "Doing Economics: Enhancing Skills through a Process-Oriented Senior Research Course", 2008

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