This course is organized as a series of lectures and activities. The first part of the course is made of lectures devoted to the epistemology of economics and to the description of todays’ organization of academic economics.
In the first set of lectures, what methodology and epistemology means in and for economics will be discussed. Students will be given a very broad overview over some historical developments and debates concerning key questions about “how to do science” and more specifically what this means in economics. What it means to produce a model and to reason in abstract terms, such as economics often does, will also be considered. Finally, some current debates of methodology in the context of experimental and behavioural economics will be introduced.
The second set of lectures will be devoted to the presentation of academic research in economics. Students will be introduced to the organization of research and to the form of academic research.
Subsequent activities will allow the students to practice research skills thanks to different activities supervised by different faculty members.
Course outline :
1 – Espistemology of economics (lectures) : What means methodology and epistemology in economics ? – Some important historical debates – As-if reasoning – What is a model ? – What is an experiment and how did it influence economics ?
2 – Academic research in economics (lectures) : Academic research organization – Research ethics – Academic writing – Oral presentation guidelines
3 – Critical assessment of research papers (activity)
4 – Literature review and collective research proposal (activity)
5 – Individual research proposal (activity)