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Research Methodology in Economics

Code 12418
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Economics
Entry requirements N.A.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes The general objective of this course is to introduce students to: advanced concepts of scientific research; the scientific method; the definition and building of hypotheses; and the diversity of research methodologies.
The specific objectives of the course are:
- develop skills that motivate for the building of scientific knowledge in Economics;
- prepare students for formulating research hypotheses;
- train students in the various methods of research in Economics;
- train students in the methods and techniques of data collection, as well as of validation, analysis and interpretation of information;
- enabling students to design and write a research project in Economics;
- promote in students the ethical concerns in research in Economics.
Syllabus 1. SCIENCE AND SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
- Metaphysics and epistemology
- Scientific knowledge and common sense
- Deductive and inductive reasoning
- Hypothetic-deductive method
- The specificity of Social Sciences
2. STAGES OF THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROCESS
- Research question
- Exploratory readings
- Problematic
- Model of analysis
- Observation
- Results analysis
- Conclusions
3. SEARCH AND REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
- Main bibliographic databases
- Literature review
4. METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF COLLECTING, TREATMENT AND ANAYSIS OF INFORMATION IN ECONOMICS
- Qualitative and quantitative information
- Primary and secondary data
- Statistic and econometric methods
- Interpretation of results and robustness analysis
5. PREPARING, STRUCTURING AND PRESENTING RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Preparing the dissertation research project
- Formal structure of the dissertation
- Presentation of the research work and results
6. SCIENTIFIC WRITING
- General guidelines
- References and bibliographic citations
Main Bibliography Ethridge, D. (2004). "Research Methodology in Applied Economics", 2nd ed., Blackwell.
Jonker, J., & Pennink, B. (2010). "The essence of research methodology: a concise guide for Master and PhD students in Management
Science", Springer, Berlin Heidelberg.
Quivy, R., & Campenhoudt, L. (2008). "Manual de Investigação em Ciências Sociais", 5ª ed., Gradiva – Publicações, Lisboa.
Walliman, N. (2011). "Research methods: the basics", Routledge.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The topics of the methodology of economic research will be covered by the teacher throughout lectures. Classroom lectures include the discussion of applied research articles and case studies.
The continuous evaluation is composed by: i) a written test (50%); ii) an analysis and presentation of a scientific paper (25%); iii) the writing of a preliminary research proposal (25%).
In order to be accepted for the final exam, students must attend at least 70% of lessons and obtain at least a grade of 6 in the continuous evaluation.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-29

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