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Some points I need to take note of to write a good empirical paper:

1. Never have numbers that pop up of nowhere, leaving the reader flipping back and forth trying to figure out where you get that estimate from. Do not assume that the reader knows.

2. If you have 6 different models all trying to do the same things, except with the addition of sub-sample periods, or for robustness checks, please do include a summary table. It helps the reader to see all the important estimates in one go. It doesn’t help that the reader has to construct his/her own summary table just to be able to compare across the board.


These are things I’ve learnt while trying to flip back and forth a paper that I am reading about. This is just giving me a huge headache!


Written by Jasmine

October 26, 2010 at 00:25

Posted in Economics, PhD

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