The following tips are meant
to help you improve the chances that your paper will be accepted.
- Make sure you have a
clear thesis statement in the introduction of your paper. Your thesis
may be in the form of a statement or a question. The key is that
early in your paper, you need to clearly explain exactly what you are
going to investigate and how you are going to go about investigating
your question or problem.
- Think about your
audience. When you write, try to anticipate the questions that your
reader may have. Remember that your reader is trying to understand
everything about your research.
- Write with the objective
of making your arguments clear, concise, and easy to understand.
- Pay close attention to
the quality of your economic reasoning.
- Make your paper topic
interesting by explaining why your research project is worth doing at
all and also be sure to tell your reader what is significant about
your conclusions and why they are interesting.
- If you use tables and
figures, be sure to refer to them in your text.
- Avoid spelling and
grammatical errors. While the reviewers of paper submissions are
ultimately looking for good economic research, excessive errors will
distract the reviewer from the content of your paper and as a result,
your paper may be looked upon unfavorably as a result.
- Do not forget to properly
cite your sources! Papers that are submitted should have proper
- While it is preferable to
use third person when writing a research paper, as long as you are
consistent throughout the paper, the editorial staff is indifferent to
which you actually use.
here are a couple of excellent references:
McCoskey, D. 1985.
Economical writing in Economic inquiry 24: 187-222.
Wyrick, Thomas. 1994.
The economist's handbook: A research and writing
guide. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing.
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