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Applications are welcomed in all Economics topics. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with research interests in the following speciality areas of our research-active staff:
- Behavioural Health Economics and Policy
- Behavioural Labour and Organisational Economics
- Decisions under Risk and Uncertainty
- Experimental and Behavioural analyses of markets
- Charitable Behaviour
- Analysis of Conflict and Conflict Resolution
- Behavioural Welfare Economics (including subjective wellbeing)
Financial Economics and Household Finance
- Banking and financial stability
- Household portfolios
- Household wealth inequality
- Household saving
- Household financial vulnerability and asset accumulation
Gender, Race and Inequality
- Domestic violence
- Discrimination and Wellbeing
- Identity Economics (gender, ethnicity, inequality)
- Wealth inequality and racial wealth gap
- Affirmative Action Policies
- Healthcare and demographics
- Health, wellbeing and employment
- Long-run impact of COVID
- Aversion to inequality in multidimensional wellbeing
- Health state valuation and stated preferences
- Competition Policy
- Innovation, industrial policy and mixed markets
- Networks and Regulation
- Firms Productivity
- Tax compliance and administration
International Economics and Development
- Empirical development economics
- Foreign aid and development finance institutions
- Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth
- Trade models with heterogeneous firms, trade gravity and productivity growth
- Trade policies and public economics
Labour and Education Economics
- Empirical studies on the relationships between labour, health and wellbeing
- Education Economics
- Gender differences in human capital accumulation
- Labour market transitions of (young) workers
- Social mobility
- Vocational education
- Wages, employment and contract type
- Open Economy Macroeconomics
- Business Cycles
- Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Modelling
- Labour Market Dynamics
- Search and Matching
- Elections, political ideology, institutions and economic policy
- Immigration: causes and consequences
- Terrorism, public attitudes and behavioural outcomes
- Rent-seeking and other contests
Time Series Econometrics
- Econometric detection of bubbles and crashes
- Specification testing and forecasting in non-linear Econometric/Time-Series models
- Theoretical econometrics and statistical inference
Urban and Environmental Economics
- Environmental economics and environmental policy
- Environmental reporting
- Real estate economics
- Local labour markets
- Agglomeration externalities
- Spatial distribution of economic activities and innovation
- Transport economics
- Local economic impacts and drivers of internal and external immigration
- Local and regional determinants of social mobility and inequality
- Levelling-up: drivers of local productivity and growth
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PhD in Economics
The PhD in Economics program offers a thorough grounding in the basic tools of economics, statistics, and mathematics through a series of core courses followed by a series of well-defined seminars that cover areas of specialization within economics.
In addition to gaining basic analytical tools, candidates learn to develop economic intuition into economic problems and acquire the necessary mind-set to teach and conduct independent research as a university professor.
The PhD in Business Administration consists of a core sequence of classes in a variety of business fields, and an area of concentration consisting of a minimum of 18 hours of classes within a particular field.
The Economics concentration consists of two semesters of microeconomic theory, two semesters of econometrics, one semester of macroeconomic theory, and one semester of mathematical economics. Students will take an additional two-semester seminar sequence in an area of specialization within economics.
The program offers a thorough grounding in the basic tools of economics, statistics, and mathematics through a series of core courses, followed by a series of well-defined seminars that cover the major areas of economics and focus on fields within economics.
In addition to gaining advanced analytical tools, candidates learn to develop intuition into economic problems and acquire the necessary mind-set to teach and conduct independent research as a university professor.
The curriculum consists of four components: required courses, an independent research paper, a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation.
Students complete a program of study that leads to competency in three areas: quantitative methods, economics, and a subfield of specialization within economics. The requirements of the program of study are typically satisfied by completing 18 courses in the first two and a half years of the program. Required courses include seven courses in quantitative methods and econometrics, six in economics, and several electives. In some cases, coursework prior to entering the program may be substituted for required courses.
Students are expected to engage in research early in the program. All students work at least part-time as research assistants during the first two years of the program. By the end of their second year, students are required to submit a research paper as part of the ECON 9099: Doctoral Special Topics in Economics seminar.
Satisfactory performance on a written comprehensive examination marks the student's transition from coursework to full-time thesis research. The examination is intended to allow the student to demonstrate substantial knowledge of economics, econometrics and quantitative methods.
The candidate will have completed most course work, including all economics coursework, and submitted a satisfactory research paper prior to taking the comprehensive examination.
The doctoral dissertation is expected to be a substantial, significant and original contribution to knowledge. It is prepared under the guidance of a thesis committee of three or more faculty members (including one from outside the Economics department) selected by the candidate in consultation with his or her thesis advisor. Early in the process, the candidate submits a thesis proposal. The proposal is presented in a seminar to which the economics faculty and doctoral students are invited. The purpose of the presentation is to give the student an opportunity to hear the suggestions and comments of members of the UC economics community while the research plan is still fluid.
A thesis-defense seminar, open to the entire University of Cincinnati academic community, is held when the research is completed.
The economics program requires the following coursework:
*Many prerequisite courses can be waived for students with master’s degrees in business disciplines.
Required introductory courses
- Introduction to Research and Teaching: taken the first semester in the program.
- Business Core: if you do not have an MBA degree or you have not satisfied the Basic Business Knowledge (BBK) requirements, you are required to become familiar with the basic body of knowledge (e.g, marketing, management, and accounting). Many of these courses can be waived if you have a master's degree in a business discipline.
Core quantitative methods (five courses)
- Probability Models (BANA 7031)
- Statistical Models (BANA 7041)
- Econometrics I and II (9010 and 9011)
- Mathematical Economics (9018)
Typical PhD electives (five courses)
- Forecasting/Time Series Analysis
- Asset Pricing Theory
- Foundations of Finance
- Corporate Finance Theory
- Real Estate Analysis
- SAS Programming
- Data Mining
- Financial Mathematics I and II
- Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes
- Linear Algebra
Economics seminars (six courses):
The department offers the following seminars:
ECON 9019: Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
Macroeconomic theory taught at the PhD level. Three credit hours.
ECON 9020: Advanced Microeconomic Theory I
Microeconomic theory taught at the PhD level. This course introduces students to consumer theory, producer theory, industrial organization, game theory, risk and uncertainty, general equilibrium analysis and welfare economics. Three credit hours.
ECON 9021: Advanced Microeconomic Theory II
Microeconomic theory taught at the PhD level. A continuation of ECON 9020. Three credit hours.
ECON 9022: Advanced Topics in Econometrics I
Econometric theory taught at the PhD level. This course covers the theory of econometrics including coverage of the empirical methodologies used in testing and investigating economics topics, and empirical examinations of important economic issues. Three credit hours.
ECON 9030: Advanced Topics in Economics I
This course introduces students to current economic research. Each topic will be addressed in three respects: 1) commonly used empirical methodologies; 2) main empirical findings; and, 3) the relation between empirical research and theory. Three credit hours.
ECON 9031: Advanced Topics in Economics II
This course covers a series of selected research topics that are not currently addressed within the department's other semester-length courses. Representative topics that may be covered include urban and regional economics, labor economics, industrial organization, real estate economics, and public finance. Three credit hours.
ECON 9099: Doctoral Special Topics in Economics
Most students take this course during their second year in the program. In this colloquium the student develops an independent, original research idea under the supervision of one or more faculty mentors. During the course the student carries out all the theoretical analysis and empirical tests required to convert their research question into an original paper. The colloquium culminates with the circulation of the finished research paper and a professional presentation of the research to the entire faculty. Three credit hours.
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- The key thing you need to know is that PhD programs in economics are highly mathematical and the mathematics required by both our Economics and Management Science degrees is not enough to get you into a top PhD program. To be a competitive applicant, you will need to take some upper division mathematics classes such as how to write proofs (Math 109), linear algebra (Math 102), real analysis (Math 140A or 142AB), probability (Math 180A) and statistics (Math 181AB). See more below.
- Graduate schools care a lot about the difficulty and content of the classes you’ve taken. Getting a high GPA won’t necessarily get you into a good program unless they are the right classes.
- If you want to get into a top PhD program, it is especially important to take real analysis (Math 142AB or Math 140ABC—likely Math 140A is enough) and do well in the class. Real analysis teaches you how to write and understand proofs. These skills will be important to your success in first-year graduate courses as well as in your research career. Since real analysis tends to be a difficult course everywhere, your grade in this course is often taken as a key signal of your ability to succeed in a PhD program by admissions committees. If possible, try to take this course when you don’t have a lot of other commitments so that you can devote a significant amount of time to this course, learn the material well and get a good grade.
- Other upper division mathematics and statistics courses are also helpful. In particular, understanding linear algebra is important in graduate-level econometrics courses. Therefore, taking Math 18 and Math 102 (lower and upper division linear algebra courses) can give you a strong foundation in these topics.
- It is also important to have a strong foundation in statistics and probability theory. You will learn a lot of this in the econometrics sequence (if you are interested in pursuing graduate school, you should consider taking the honors classes 120AH-BH-CH). Another class to add to your statistics foundation would be a course in probability (Math 180A).
- In general, if you are interested in going to graduate school in Economics, you should seriously consider majoring in Joint Mathematics-Economics. This major will undoubtedly increase your workload, but it will both make you a more attractive applicant for graduate school and give you the mathematical foundation needed to succeed in graduate school. Students who took many math classes in while in high school should consider double majoring in math and economics.
- If you have exhausted your undergraduate opportunities to take classes in math and economics, consider taking a graduate class. Taking graduate courses in economics or mathematics can send a strong signal to admissions committees. This can be slightly risky, however. Undergraduates may be at a disadvantage as graduate students tend to form study groups for first year courses. If you decide to take a graduate course, you should plan on devoting A LOT of time to the course. Again, it is extremely important that you to do well in a graduate class.
- Coding is an essential skill to have in graduate school. Therefore, taking courses with a data analysis and coding component (for example, Econ5/Poli5D: Introduction to Social Data Analytics, Econ 112: Macro Data Analysis and Econ 121: Applied Econometrics) can help develop your coding skills. The most popular statistical packages in economics are STATA, R, and MATLAB. If you have the time, it may also be a good idea to take an introduction to programming course from the computer science department.
- Courses that have a research component (Econ 191A-B and Econ 199) will also be invaluable preparation for graduate school. By developing your own research topic, you can learn about each step of the research process: from topic selection, background research, data management all the way to analysis and writing. Selecting an empirical topic is especially encouraged as it will give you valuable experience cleaning and analyzing data and getting more comfortable with various data analysis software. This might also be a good indication of whether a career in research is a good fit for you personally. Finally, the Professor teaching Econ 191AB will get to know you and how you tackle problems very well and so be able to write the kind of informed letter of recommendation that graduate schools like to see.
To summarize, in order to prepare for graduate school, it is extremely important to take the right courses and do well in them. To be competitive, you will need to have a record of performing well in difficult mathematics and economics courses.
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Students in our PhD programs are encouraged from day one to think of this experience as their first job in business academia—a training ground for a challenging and rewarding career generating rigorous, relevant research that influences practice.
Our doctoral students work with faculty and access resources throughout HBS and Harvard University. The PhD program curriculum requires coursework at HBS and other Harvard discipline departments, and with HBS and Harvard faculty on advisory committees. Faculty throughout Harvard guide the programs through their participation on advisory committees.
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There are many paths, but we are one HBS. Our PhD students draw on diverse personal and professional backgrounds to pursue an ever-expanding range of research topics. Explore more here about each program’s requirements & curriculum, read student profiles for each discipline as well as student research , and placement information.
The PhD in Business Administration grounds students in the disciplinary theories and research methods that form the foundation of an academic career. Jointly administered by HBS and GSAS, the program has five areas of study: Accounting and Management , Management , Marketing , Strategy , and Technology and Operations Management . All areas of study involve roughly two years of coursework culminating in a field exam. The remaining years of the program are spent conducting independent research, working on co-authored publications, and writing the dissertation. Students join these programs from a wide range of backgrounds, from consulting to engineering. Many applicants possess liberal arts degrees, as there is not a requirement to possess a business degree before joining the program
The PhD in Business Economics provides students the opportunity to study in both Harvard’s world-class Economics Department and Harvard Business School. Throughout the program, coursework includes exploration of microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, probability and statistics, and econometrics. While some students join the Business Economics program directly from undergraduate or masters programs, others have worked in economic consulting firms or as research assistants at universities or intergovernmental organizations.
The PhD program in Health Policy (Management) is rooted in data-driven research on the managerial, operational, and strategic issues facing a wide range of organizations. Coursework includes the study of microeconomic theory, management, research methods, and statistics. The backgrounds of students in this program are quite varied, with some coming from public health or the healthcare industry, while others arrive at the program with a background in disciplinary research
The PhD program in Organizational Behavior offers two tracks: either a micro or macro approach. In the micro track, students focus on the study of interpersonal relationships within organizations and the effects that groups have on individuals. Students in the macro track use sociological methods to examine organizations, groups, and markets as a whole, including topics such as the influence of individuals on organizational change, or the relationship between social missions and financial objectives. Jointly administered by HBS and GSAS, the program includes core disciplinary training in sociology or psychology, as well as additional coursework in organizational behavior.
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The Ph.D. program is a full time program leading to a Doctoral Degree in Economics. Students specialize in various fields within Economics by enrolling in field courses and attending field specific lunches and seminars. Students gain economic breadth by taking additional distribution courses outside of their selected fields of interest.
Students are required to complete 1 quarter of teaching experience. Teaching experience includes teaching assistantships within the Economics department or another department .
University's residency requirement
135 units of full-tuition residency are required for PhD students. After that, a student should have completed all course work and must request Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR) status.
Department degree requirements and student checklist
1. core course requirement.
Required: Core Microeconomics (202-203-204) Core Macroeconomics (210-211-212) Econometrics (270-271-272). The Business School graduate microeconomics class series may be substituted for the Econ Micro Core. Students wishing to waive out of any of the first year core, based on previous coverage of at least 90% of the material, must submit a waiver request to the DGS at least two weeks prior to the start of the quarter. A separate waiver request must be submitted for each course you are requesting to waive. The waiver request must include a transcript and a syllabus from the prior course(s) taken.
2. Field Requirements
Required: Two of the Following Fields Chosen as Major Fields (click on link for specific field requirements). Field sequences must be passed with an overall grade average of B or better. Individual courses require a letter grade of B- or better to pass unless otherwise noted.
Research fields and field requirements :
- Behavioral & Experimental
- Development Economics
- Econometric Methods with Causal Inference
- Economic History
- Environmental, Resource and Energy Economics
- Industrial Organization
- International Trade & Finance
- Labor Economics
- Market Design
- Microeconomic Theory
- Political Economy
- Public Economics
Required: Four other graduate-level courses must be completed. One of these must be from the area of economic history (unless that field has already been selected above). These courses must be distributed in such a way that at least two fields not selected above are represented. Distribution courses must be passed with a grade of B or better.
4. Field Seminars/Workshops
Required: Three quarters of two different field seminars or six quarters of the same field seminar from the list below.
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The Ph.D. Program in the Department of Economics at Harvard is addressed to students of high promise who wish to prepare themselves in teaching and research in academia or for responsible positions in government, research organizations, or business enterprises. Students are expected to devote themselves full-time to their programs of study.
The program prepares students for productive and stimulating careers as economists. Courses and seminars offered by the department foster an intellectually active and stimulating environment. Each week, the department sponsors more than 15 different seminars on such topics as environmental economics, economic growth and development, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, industrial organization, law and economics, behavioral economics, labor economics, and economic history. Top scholars from both domestic and international communities are often invited speakers at the seminars. The Harvard community outside of the department functions as a strong and diverse resource. Students in the department are free to pursue research interests with scholars throughout the University. Faculty of the Harvard Law School, Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Business School, for example, are available to students for consultation, instruction, and research guidance. As a member of the Harvard community, students in the department can register for courses in the various schools and have access to the enormous library resources available through the University. There are over 90 separate library units at Harvard, with the total collections of books and pamphlets numbering over 13 million. Both the department and the wider University draw some of the brightest students from around the world, which makes for a student body that is culturally diverse and likely unequaled in the range of intellectual interests of its members. These factors combine to add an important dimension to the educational process. Students are able to learn from one another, collaborate on research projects and publications, and form bonds that are not broken by distance once the degree is completed and professional responsibilities lead them in different directions.
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In their first and second years, PhD students are required to complete a series of core classes, coursework in their major and minor fields of study, and an advanced research methods course before proceeding to the thesis-writing stage.
Students must satisfy the requirements in at least 10 of 12 half-semester first-year core courses (14.384 and 14.385 are considered second-year courses). The requirements can be met by earning a grade of B or better in the class or by passing a waiver exam.
Waiver exams are offered at the start of the semester in which the course is offered and graded on a pass-fail basis. Students who receive a grade of B- or below in a class can consult the course faculty to determine whether to take the waiver exam or re-take the course the following year. These requirements must all be satisfied before the end of the second year.
- 14.121: Microeconomic Theory I
- 14.122: Microeconomic Theory II
- 14.123: Microeconomic Theory III
- 14.124: Microeconomic Theory IV
- 14.380: Statistical Methods in Economics
- 14.381: Estimation and Inference for Linear Causal and Structural Models
- 14.382*: Econometrics
- 14.384*: Time Series Analysis (2nd year course)
- 14.385*: Nonlinear Econometric Analysis (2nd year course)
- 14.451: Dynamic Optimization Methods with Applications
- 14.452: Economic Growth
- 14.453: Economic Fluctuations
- 14.454: Economic Crises
*Courses 14.382, 14.384, and 14.385 are each counted as two half-semester courses.
Most students will also take one or more field courses (depending on whether they are waiving core courses) during their first year. Feel free to ask your graduate research officer, field faculty, and advanced students for advice on how you structure your first-year coursework.
Second year students must also successfully complete the two-semester course 14.192: Advanced Research Methods and Communication. The course, which is graded on a pass-fail basis, guides students through the process of writing and presenting the required second-year research paper.
Major field requirement
By the end of year two, PhD students must complete the requirements for two major fields in economics. This entails earning a B or better in two designated courses for each field. Some fields recommend additional coursework or papers for students intending to pursue research in the field.
Major fields must be declared by the Monday following the spring break of your second year. Your graduate registration officer must approve your field selections.
Minor field requirement
PhD students are also required to complete two minor fields, taking two courses in each field and earning a grade of B or better. Your graduate registration officer must approve your field selections.
Minor coursework is normally completed by the end of year two, but in some cases students can defer the completion of one field until after general exams. Students must consult with their graduate registration officer before making a deferment.
Options for minor fields include the eleven economics major fields, plus computation and statistics (from the interdisciplinary PhD in Economics and Statistics).
Students who wish to satisfy one of the minor field requirements by combining two courses from different fields–for example, environmental economics and industrial organization II–can petition the second-year graduate registration officer for permission.
At least one minor field should be from the department’s standard field list.
The fields in which the Department offers specialization and the subjects that will satisfy their designation as a minor field are given in the chart below. Some fields overlap so substantially that both cannot be taken by a student. In any event, the same subject cannot be counted towards more than a single minor field. Students must receive the approval of their Graduate Registration Officer for their designated major and minor fields.
List of fields
- Industrial organization
- Political economy
- Public finance
- Computation and statistics (minor only)
Subjects satisfying major and minor requirements
Advanced economic theory.
Minor: Any subset adding up to two full semesters from 14.125, 14.126, 14.127, 14.130, 14.137, 14.147, 14.160, 14.281 and Harvard Ec 2059. Major: At least two of 14.125, 14.126, 14.281, and Harvard Ec 2059. Recommended for major: 14.126, 14.281, and at least one of 14.125, 14.127, 14.130, 14.147, and Harvard Ec 2059.
Econometrics and Statistics
Minor: 14.382 in addition to one of 14.384 or 14.385. Major: Any one of 14.386, 14.387, 14.388 in addition to one of 14.384 or 14.385. Recommended for major: 14.384 and 14.385. *Dual PhD in Economics and Statistics has an additional requirement of 14.386.
Major and minor: 14.771 and 14.772 or 14.773
Minor: Any two of 14.416J, 14.440J, 14.441J, 14.442J, 14.448. Major: 14.416J and 14.441J
Minor: 14.271 and 14.272 or 14.273. Major: 14.271 and 14.272 or 14.273. Recommended for major: 14.271, 14.272, and 14.273.
Major and minor: 14.581 and 14.582
Major: 14.661 and 14.662A. Minor: Two subjects chosen from 14.193, 14.661, and 14.662
Major and minor: Two subjects chosen from 14.461, 14.462, and 14.463
Major and minor: 14.282 and one of 14.283-284, 14.441J, or an approved substitute
Major and minor: 14.770 and 14.773
Major and minor: 14.471 and 14.472
MIT requires doctoral candidates to complete an advanced course of study that includes general exams at its completion. Beginning in 2019-20, the Economics Department will operationalize this requirement to include successful completion of: the core and other required courses; course exams and other requirements of courses in each of a student’s two major and two minor fields; the written research paper and oral presentation components of 14.192. Students may present for the general exams while having one remaining minor field to complete. The faculty will review these components together with the candidate’s overall course record to determine whether students have passed the general exam requirement and can proceed to the thesis writing stage.
Typical course schedule
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14.121/14.122 (Micro Theory I/II) 14.451/14.452 (Macro Theory I/II) 14.380/14.381 (Statistical Method in Economics & Applied Econometrics) Field Course (major or minor)
14.123/14.124 (Micro Theory III/IV) 14.453/14.454 (Macro Theory III/IV) 14.382 (Econometrics) Field Course (major or minor)
2-3 Field Courses 14.192 (Advanced Research and Communication) 14.384 or 14.385 (Advanced Econometrics)
3 Field Courses 14.192 (Advanced Research and Communication)
Years 3 and up
Field workshop Field lunch Thesis writing
Upon satisfying the core and field requirements, PhD candidates embark on original research culminating in a completed dissertation. A PhD thesis normally consists of three research papers of publishable quality. The thesis must be approved by a student’s primary and secondary thesis advisors, and by an anonymous third reader. These three faculty members will be the candidate's thesis committee and are responsible for its acceptance. Collaborative work is acceptable and encouraged, but there must be at least one paper in the dissertation that is not co-authored with a faculty member.
Criteria for satisfactory progress
- Meet regularly with their advisor
- Participate consistently in their primary field advising lunch, their primary field workshop, and the third-year student research lunch
- Complete their third-year paper
- Participate in third-year meetings organized by the thesis graduate research officer
Students should present on their research in progress at least once in both the third-year student research lunches and their field advising lunch. Presentations provide opportunities for early and broad feedback on research ideas and the chance to develop oral presentation skills. Research ideas or early stage work in progress is encouraged and expected.
Fourth-year and later students
- Participate consistently in their primary field advising lunch and their primary field workshop
- Present at least once per year in their field advising lunch or field workshop. A presentation each semester in the field advising lunch is strongly recommended by most fields; consult your advisors for more information
Satisfactory progress toward a dissertation will be evaluated based on progress assessments by the student’s primary advisor, regular participation in the lunches and workshops, and field lunch or workshop presentations that show continued progress.
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We take pride in the Department of Economics’ outstanding placement record and it’s our ambition to place our PhD students in the best institutions worldwide. Our placement record is comparable with the top economics departments in the world, as shown by some of our recent placements which include MIT, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Stanford and Northwestern.
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The LSE Department of Economics is committed to an individualised and contextual review of each application to the MRes/PhD Economics programme.
Each year the Department of Economics admits around 20 funded students to join our vibrant doctoral programme, consisting of over 100 students from many countries and backgrounds. Our PhD students pursue research in all economic fields, closely supervised by a variety of faculty . We have a Chair and committee for both PhD Admissions and PhD Recruitment, as well as a dedicated professional staff at School and Department level managing funding and admissions.
The LSE Economics PhD Programme is grounded in two years of rigorous coursework through the MRes component and by a strong research element. You can find information about the individual research courses offered through our programmes.
As is the norm with top economic departments in the US, students entering the LSE PhD Economics programme are typically offered five years financial support; for more information please visit our Cost and Financial Aid page.
Research Centres in the Department of Economics
The LSE Department of Economics is somewhat unique for its major Research Centres . PhD students benefit from these centres both in terms of getting access to research funds as well as other facilities which complement their doctoral research.
Suntory and Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
International Growth Centre (IGC)
Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM)
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Guidelines for submitting Research Statement
An application for 2024 entry to the PhD Economics should include a Research Statement, along with other required information (Note: A separate sample of Written Work is not required as part of the PhD Economics application).
Your Research Statement should be submitted in place of the Outline Research Proposal, along with your application form and other required supporting documents, via the LSE online application system (see the PhD Economics Admissions FAQs ).
What should my Research Statement contain?
Please answer the following questions clearly and concisely. Max 200 words per question.
1. Why do you want to do research in economics?
2. Can you explain how your studies and experience make you suitable to do research in economics?
3. Which aspect of the PhD do you think you will like the most? Which will you dislike the most? Why?
4. Tell us about your favourite paper in economics. What do you like about it? How would you improve it?
5. Write a comment for a general audience on ONE of the following topics (i) Is inequality good for growth? (ii) Do immigrants take the jobs of native workers? (iii) Is CEO compensation excessive? (iv) Is universal minimum income a good idea? (v) Overall, has central banks' move to inflation targeting been a success? (vi) Is culture an important determinant of differences in income per capita across countries? (vii) Markets function well as information is aggregated efficiently through prices. (viii) Elections are effective at disciplining politicians who do not have the public interest as their main goal.
How can I demonstrate research potential?
If you have served as research assistant for an economist please ask that person to write a letter focussing on your research skills and describe your experience – reference point 2 (above) of the research statement.
If not, please list any evidence you think would be valuable. Examples include but are not restricted to: experience working autonomously under stress without any guidance, demonstration of creativity in any form, experience of writing original research.
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The field of economics has changed entirely in recent times. Today, the field holds an extremely important place in every economy, with individual choices, spending, borrowing, production, occupations, markets, trading, employment, and a lot more being predicted and planned by economists.
Today, economists view economics from a modern and slightly different perspective than traditional economics. Different approaches in economics include perspectives like anthropology, sociology, geography, and various institutions.
Studying economics involving these perspectives provides a clearer view of the issues and problems related to the modern economic world. In contrast, focusing on the traditional economic approaches while selecting a topic will result in vague outcomes according to modern economics.
The most difficult task with respect to economics dissertations involves the collection of data . Mostly the data required by the researcher must be in quantitative form. However, once data is collected, the researcher can focus on performing the analysis.
There are a number of economic perspectives that can be studied in detail. As your final project, you will want to select the most recent and relevant economics topic for your dissertation.
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2022 Economics Dissertation Topics
Topic 1: the influence of price and brand on consumer preference during an economic recession: a case of the clothing market in greece.
Research Aim: The research will aim to examine the impact of prices and brands on consumer buying behaviour during an economic recession in Greece’s clothing market. During an economic crisis, not all types of products suffer the same consequences. During a recession, people are more sensible in their buying decisions, and they frequently continue to choose known product brands that meet their demands. The study will look at the impact of the recession on consumer purchasing preferences, taking into account variations in spending on various apparel brands based on price.
Topic 2: The financial and non-financial support of the family members in the growth of a successful entrepreneurship
Research Aim: The research will aim to investigate the importance of financial and non-financial support of family members in the growth of successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is a driving force in economic growth, social transformation, and organizational change. Private businesses (entrepreneurship) not only support a state’s social and economic growth but it also develops intellectual competition and innovation. Family members who are involved in business ventures can influence individuals’ goals to start new businesses, and they can also be considered as a means of economic and motivational strength.
Topic 3: The impact of transaction cost on economic development
Research Aim: The research will aim to explore the impact of transaction cost on the economic development of a country. The study will try to find the impact by using different methods and analyses. This article will investigate the difficulties of economic growth as they relate to transaction costs and how the latter produce various sorts of market failures. The study also explores several major contributions to the field of economic development, including market failure and growth barriers. Alternative perspectives on the failure of government and the market-government duality will also be examined.
Topic 4: What effect does oil price fluctuation have on business activity in oil-importing and exporting states?
Research Aim: The research will aim to find the influence of oil rate fluctuation on businesses of oil-importing and exporting countries. Change has a significant influence on the production costs of oil-importing countries and changes in pricing levels changes. At the same time, oil price variations have a significant impact on energy export profits and government budget revenues in energy-exporting economies.
Topic 5: The impact of gender inequality on work productivity and economic growth: A case study on developing countries
Research Aim: The research will aim to find the impact of gender inequality on work productivity and economic growth in developing countries. Gender inequality is not solely a concern in developing countries. Males earn more than women in practically every society. Differences in health, education, and negotiating power within marriage, on the other hand, tend to be bigger in countries with low Per capita income. Gender inequality in the office contributes to females’ lower socio-economic standing. Furthermore, such gender inequality may be associated with human resource rules and human resource related decision-making.
Topic 6: Research to identify the impacts of Coronavirus on the economy
Research Aim: This study will focus on identifying the impacts of coronavirus on the global economy.
Topic 7: Research to study the impacts of Coronavirus on the real estate sector
Research Aim: This research aims at identifying the impacts of coronavirus on the real estate sector. Is real estate a better option for investment during COVID-19?
Topic 8: Research to study the impacts of Coronavirus on the stock market
Research Aim: This research aims at identifying the impacts of coronavirus on the stock market.
Topic 9: Research to identify the impacts of Coronavirus on banking and the future of banking after the pandemic
Research Aim: This research aims at identifying the impacts of coronavirus on banking and the future of banking after the pandemic. What are the predictions? What challenges may come across? How to overcome those challenges?
Dissertation Topics on Economics 2021
Topic 1: economic expansion in bioenergy: a case study.
Research Aim: This research aims to conduct a case study on the economic expansion in bioenergy
Topic 2: Factors responsible for job creation and job destruction in the UK
Research Aim: This research aims to identify the factors responsible for job creation and job destruction in the UK.
Topic 3: Impacts of wars on the economy of both nations
Research Aim: This research aims to address how do wars impact the economy of both nations?
Topic 4: The role of banks in the economy of a country
Research Aim: This research aims to highlight the role of Banks in the economy of a country. Students can choose any country to conduct the study.
Topic 5: Is an unhealthy country considered an emerging country?
Research Aim: This research will answer the question: Is an unhealthy country considered a poor country?
Dissertation Topics Related to Economic Geography
Economic geography studies human economic activities with respect to various conditions such as location, distribution, production, consumption, exchange of resources, etc. Thus, studying the availability of all these resources, their development, and utilization is the main subject matter of economic geography.
In addition to studying these resources and their relationship with human economic activities, economic geography also helps study the interaction of these resources and variables with respect to nature and economic activities.
Economic geography is studied within different regions and localities in order to assess various human economic activities. Here are some economic geography dissertation topics to help you explore this field.
Topic 1: Role of local ethics and culture in shaping entrepreneurial economic development in various businesses.
Research Aim: This study will talk about the role of culture and ethics in shaping economic entrepreneurial attitudes in different fields of business.
Topic 2: Diversity in entrepreneurial approaches brought up by emigrants in the economics of a place: A critical analysis
Research Aim: This research will discuss whether entrepreneurial approaches be exported when emigrants move to a new place.
Topic 3: Assessing factors involved in facilitating knowledge transfer in a specific locality or place
Research Aim: This research will understand the various factors that play a role in transferring knowledge from one place or locality to another.
Topic 4: Economic opportunities provided within local boundaries. A case study of any specific area
Research Aim: This study will talk about the economic opportunities provided by local boundaries. This dissertation can be customised according to an area/region of your choice.
Topic 5: To discuss the role of the “European regional policy” in shaping or modifying places in the UK
Research Aim: This study will talk about the role of European regional policy in shaping and modifying UK places.
Topic 6: Location of top IT firms in the UK, the role of location on economics linked to a particular firm
Research Aim: This study will assess the economic geography of top IT firms in the UK that are linked to different firms.
Topic 7: Causes of regional diversity. Analysis and comparison between the richest and poorest places of the UK
Research Aim: This will be a comparative study between the richest and poorest places in the UK based on regional diversity.
Topic 8: Economics and expansion in bioenergy: A Case Study
Research Aim: This study will talk about economics and expansion in bioenergy, and a specific case will be under analysis.
Topic 9: Economic modifications faced by emigrants, causes and impacts
Research Aim: This research will talk about the various economic modifications that emigrants have to face and will also assess its causes and impacts.
Topic 16: A critical analysis of diversity in entrepreneurial attitudes in rural and urban areas
Research Aim: This will be a critical study that will assess diversity in entrepreneurial attitudes in both rural and urban areas.
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Dissertation Topics on Microeconomics
This branch of economics deals with economic perspectives on an individual level. It takes into account the allocation of various resources that are limited in nature. Different theories of microeconomics can be applied to markets where different products are bought and sold out.
In order to complete your graduation program, you will have to select the right economics topic that not only interests you but is relevant in today’s world. The suggested topics for you to choose from are listed below:
Topic 1: Difference in consumer attitudes in the UK over the past 15 years – Critical analysis of customer behaviour trends.
Research Aim: This research will compare the consumer attitude in the UK over the past 15 years and will study the trends.
Topic 2: Understanding to what extent does the concept of oligopoly exists in markets of the UK – A critical analysis
Research Aim: This study will first talk about oligopoly, and will then build and critically discuss how this concept exists in the UK market.
Topic 3: Laws and their impact on British firms.
Research Aim: This study will talk about the various laws in the UK that have an impact on various industries as a whole.
Topic 4: “European regional policy” and its effects on British small and medium enterprises
Research Aim: This research will study the European regional policy and the impacts this has on SMEs in the UK.
Topic 5: To discuss specific traits of the UK innovation organisation
Research Aim: This research will understand the various traits of UK organisations that innovate.
Topic 6: Study of the characteristics of the energy market in the UK – A microeconomic approach
Research Aim: This study will undertake a microeconomic approach in order to understand the characteristics of the energy market in the UK.
Topic 7: Common traits of the top internet technology firms in the US – Analysis of the approaches adopted by different successful technology firms
Research Aim: This research will talk about the various traits of leading internet firms in the US and will analyse their different approaches
Topic 8: How is the concept of “economic convergence” linked to salary levels in the United States? – A critical analysis
Research Aim: This study will critically discuss economic convergence and how it is linked to salary levels in the US.
Topic 9: A Discussion on the use and role of various “pricing models” in making investment decisions.
Research Aim: This research will analyze the various pricing models that companies use to make decisions with respect to their investment.
Topic 10: Analysing salary inequalities in the United States and the forces behind such inequalities? – A Critical analysis
Research Aim: This study will talk about an important issue, i.e., salary inequalities in the US, and will also discuss the various forces that drive such inequalities.
Dissertation Topics on Employment Economics
Employment is a very important aspect that is studied in economics. Employment is interconnected with other academic subjects as well and affects people’s finances, which further determines their type of relationship with their environment or society.
Moreover, with the passage of time, technological advancements in various fields have impacted the labor market, which directly influenced the employment rate. Dissertation topics related to the field of employment economics are listed as under:
Topic 1: Factors responsible for the job creation and job destruction in the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This research will talk about the different factors that are responsible for job creation and destruction in the United Kingdom.
Topic 2: Analysing to what extent the concept of self-employment prevails in the United Kingdom – Discuss the factors that determine it
Research Aim: This research will determine the extent to which the concept of self-employment prevails in the UK. Furthermore, the factors determining self-employment will also be explored.
Topic 3: Link between minimum wages and British employment. A critical analysis
Research Aim: This study will critically analyze the link between wages minimum wages and employment in Britain.
Topic 4: Understanding In what ways technological advancements have paved the way for a rise in British employment levels
Research Aim: This research will talk about the various ways through which technological advancements have helped increase employment in the British economy.
Topic 5: Exploring the value of labour in the United Kingdom– Skilled or unskilled labour? A Critical Analysis
Research Aim: This study will talk about the value of both types of labour, skilled and unskilled, in the UK. A critical analysis will be conducted as to which type of labour is more in demand in the economic system.
Topic 6: Analysing the levels and prevalence of self-employment in various parts of Europe. An Analysis of the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This research will discuss and analyse the levels and prevalence of self-employment in various parts across Europe. Special attention will be given to the UK in the study to understand the self-employment system.
Topic 7: In what ways does immigration affects British employment levels and productivity? Discuss
Research Aim: This research will talk about the various ways through which immigration affects British employment levels and productivity.
Topic 8: How can professional training impact British employment? Discuss
Research Aim: This study will talk about the impact of professional training on employment in the UK. The research will discuss if the impact was negative or positive.
Topic 9: Analysing the impact of gender inequality in employment on economic growth in the UK
Research Aim: This research will analyse the impact of gender inequality in employment on economic growth in the UK.
Topic 10: Economic productivity and Innovation – Are they both related? A study of the UK services industry
Research Aim: This research will help understand the relationship (if any) between economic productivity and innovation. The UK Services industry will be analyzed.
Dissertation Topics on Economic Sociology
This field refers to the study of sociological aspects from an economic perspective. Social networks are also one of the more important features in the economic world because they can contribute greatly to promoting a particular brand.
Different social gatherings are a source to highlight a particular industry, firm, and even a private setup. They can contribute greatly to building successful businesses. Following are some economic sociology dissertation topics for you to choose from:
Topic 1: Exploring Innovation Activities for the promotion of a particular firm/industry/brand
Research Aim: This research will talk about all the innovative activities that take place while promoting a brand or a company in an industry. This topic can be customised according to a brand/company of your choosing.
Topic 2: Understanding the role of families in funding a particular firm
Research Aim: This research will talk about the family funding of businesses, the whole process and how it takes place. You can choose an industry of your choice to base your dissertation on.
Topic 3: Can a blend of different cultures contribute to increasing the level of productivity? Evidence from a UK firm
Research Aim : This research will discuss how various cultures contribute to increasing productivity levels. A UK firm will be chosen for this research.
Topic 4: Social capital plays its role in the rural areas in the UK – A critical analysis
Research Aim: This research will talk about social capital and its role in the rural areas of the UK.
Topic 5: Youth as one of the biggest supports in the promotion of economic agents
Research Aim: This research will help understand the relationship (if any) between economic productivity and innovation. The UK services industry will be analysed.
Topic 6: Exploring the role of university networks in shaping entrepreneurial behaviours and actions
Research Aim: This study will help explore the role of university networks in shaping entrepreneurial actions and behaviours.
Topic 43: Role of social entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This study will talk about the role of social entrepreneurship in the UK and how it has emerged.
Topic 8: Diverse culture and productivity enhancement – How are the two related?
Research Aim: This study will talk about whether diverse culture has an impact on productivity enhancement in the UK or not.
Topic 9: Exploring the Impact of social networks on the success of Brands
Research Aim: This study will talk about the impact of social networks on the success of brands and how they impact businesses. You can choose a brand for this dissertation.
Topic 10: Understanding the ‘peer’ factor in setting up businesses
Research Aim: Setting up a business involves various factors, and an essential one is a support from peers. This research will explore this aspect of support when starting a business and the impact it has.
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Dissertation Topics on Institutional Economics
Institutional economics helps in understanding the role of institutions in shaping economic behaviour. Certain institutions promote certain values, beliefs and norms, and they impact the public in a certain way.
These institutions can affect the economics of a certain region and help shape economic life and behaviour. Institutional economics is still an emerging field. Following are some institutional economics dissertation topics that you can base your dissertation on.
Topic 1: Assessing the factors behind the power of a successful firm. How is it built?
Research Aim: This research will discuss the various factors that help companies build power in the industry and impact the economy.
Topic 2: Analysing the impact of cultural mix on the organisation of firms in the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This study will analyse the impact of diverse cultures on organisations in the UK.
Topic 3: Evaluating the role of bureaucracy in the productivity levels of the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This research will help in evaluating the role of bureaucracy on productivity levels in the UK.
Topic 4: Understanding various methods to ensure economic efficiency in the property markets of the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This study will understand the different ways through which economic efficiency is ensured in the UK property markets.
Topic 5: Impacts of transaction costs on economic development?
Research Aim: This research will evaluate how economic development is impacted by transaction costs.
Topic 6: Analysing the major forces operating behind the concept of control and ownership in the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This study will help analyse the major forces that control and own institutions in the UK and how they impact the economy.
Topic 7: Traits of British managers and investors. A Comparative analysis
Research Aim: This will be an interesting study as it will talk about the various traits of British managers and investors.
Topic 8: Role of educational aspects in entrepreneurship
Research Aim: This research will explore the role of education concerning entrepreneurship, i.e. how does education help build entrepreneurs, which in turn benefits the economy.
Topic 9: The concept of latent entrepreneurship – A comparison between the United Kingdom and Europe
Research Aim: This study will understand the concept of latent entrepreneurship by comparing the UK environment with that of Europe.
Topic 10: Is the profit of a firm dependent on its size? Evidence from the manufacturing firms in the UK
Research Aim: This research will help in understanding whether the profit of a company is dependent on the business’ size or not. The UK Manufacturing industry will be explored.
Dissertation Topics on Environmental Economics
Environment and economics share a unique and close relationship. The environment can affect economics in a good or bad way. There are various environmental economic issues that should be addressed. Following are some of the pressing issues pertaining to environmental economics that you can choose as your dissertation topic.
Topic 1: To what extent is the environment responsible for shaping business behaviours? A critical analysis
Research Aim: This research will talk about the extent to which the environment is responsible for building business behaviours.
Topic 2: Economics in relation to biodiversity and nature conservation. An evidence-based study
Research Aim: This research will discuss economics in relation to biodiversity and nature conservation.
Topic 3: Assessing the role of NGO’s and organizations to promote a healthy environment through fundraising programs
Research Aim: This research will help in assessing the role of NGOs and organisations in promoting healthy environments through various fundraising programs.
Topic 4: Willingness to pay for various recycling programs – A case study of the United Kingdom.
Research Aim : This research will help understand the different recycling programs by evaluating a UK-based case study.
Topic 5: Incentives regarding land and water management – A case study of the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This research will talk about various incentives relating to land and water management. A UK-based case study will be chosen.
Topic 6: Economic value of historical places: A critical analysis
Research Aim: This research will talk about the economic value of historical places and will present a critical analysis.
Topic 7: In which field is it cheapest to reduce or cut carbon emissions? Discuss.
Research Aim: This research will talk about the impacts of carbon emissions and will discuss in which field it will be cheapest to reduce or eliminate such emissions.
Topic 8: Ethanol production from an economic perspective. Discuss.
Research Aim: This research will help in exploring ethanol production with respect to economics.
Topic 9: Environmental improvements in regards to locational differences in communities Discuss in an economic approach
Research Aim: This research will present various environmental improvements with respect to locational differences in communities.
Topic 10: Climate change in relation to economics. Discuss
Research Aim: This research will talk about an important issue, i.e. climate change and the impact it has on economics.
Dissertation Topics on Regional Development
Economic growth can also be studied at a regional level. This field considers economic perspectives on a smaller level with a focus on trade between regions. Suggestions for dissertation topics in this field are listed as follows:
Topic 1: Evaluating the link between profit and regional development?
Research Aim: This research will evaluate the link between profit and regional development with respect to economics.
Topic 2: Assessing the “regional development policy” in the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This study will talk about the regional development policy in the UK.
Topic 3: Discussing the role of learning or knowledge gaining involved in regional development?
Research Aim: This research will explore the role of knowledge and learning that helps promote regional development.
Topic 4: Assessing the existence of location theories that contribute towards the development and understanding of regional development
Research Aim: This research will assess the existence of locational theories that help contribute towards the development and understanding of regional development.
Topic 5: Evaluating the role that technology plays in regional development? A UK case study
Research Aim: This research will evaluate the role that technology plays in promoting regional development.
Topic 6: Exploring entrepreneurship and its regional aspects in the United Kingdom
Research Aim: This research will help explore entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship network with respect to regional development in the UK.
Topic 7: Role of Institutional setups in regional development
Research Aim: This study will talk about the role of institutional setups in regional development.
Topic 8: Assessing the relationship between unemployment and entrepreneurship in the light of evidence from British relationship
Research Aim: This research will assess the relationship between unemployment and entrepreneurship in the UK.
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Topic 9: In what ways the UK and the European firms are different in terms of innovation – A critical analysis
Research Aim: This research will help in understanding the various ways in which the UK and European firms are different with respect to innovation.
Topic 10: Assessing the role of regional co-operation in developing sustainable advantage
Research Aim: This research will help in assessing the role of regional cooperation in developing sustainable advantage amongst regions
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Writing a thesis is not an easy task. For most of the students, it can be even intimidating, especially when you do not know where to start your research.
Here, we have provided an economics thesis topics list. After all, everyone knows that choosing the right idea is crucial when writing an academic paper. In economics, it can combine history, math, social studies, politics, and numerous other subjects. You should also have solid foundations and a sound factual basis for a thesis. Without these elements, you won’t be able to master your research paper.
The issue is:
It is not always clear what could be seen as an excellent economics thesis topic. Our experts can assist you with this challenge. This list contains some outstanding examples to get you started.
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- 📝 How to Pick a Topic
⭐ What Does a Thesis in Economics Look Like?
A good thesis in economics is a blend between an empirical paper and a theoretical one. One of the essential steps in choosing a topic in economics is to decide which one you will write.
You may write, research, analyze statistical data and other information. Or build and study a specific economic model.
Or why not both!
Here are some questions you can ask when deciding what topic to choose:
- What has already been written on this topic?
- What economic variables will my paper study?
- Where should I look for the data?
- What econometrics techniques should I use?
- What type of model will I study?
The best way to understand what type of research you have to do is to write a thesis proposal. You will most probably be required to submit it anyway. Your thesis supervisor will examine your ideas, methods, list of secondary and primary sources. At some universities, the proposal will be graded.
After you get the initial feedback, you will have a clear idea of what to adjust before writing your thesis. Only then, you’ll be able to start.
🔥 Supreme Economics Thesis Topics List
- Fast fashion in India.
- The UK housing prices.
- Brexit and European trade.
- Behavioral economics.
- Healthcare macroeconomics.
- COVID-19’s economic impact.
- Global gender wage gap.
- Commodity dependence in Africa.
- International trade – developing countries.
- Climate change and business development.
👍 Economics Bachelor’s Thesis Topics
At the U.S. Universities, an undergraduate thesis is very uncommon. However, it depends on the Department Policy.
The biggest challenge with the Bachelor’s Thesis in economics concerns its originality. Even though you are not required to conduct entirely unique research, you have to lack redundant ideas.
You can easily avoid making this mistake by simply choosing one of these topics. Also, consider visiting IvyPanda essays database. It’s a perfect palce to conduct a brainstorming session and come up with fresh ideas for a paper, as well as get tons of inspiration.
- The impact of the oil industry on the economic development of Nigeria. The oil industry is vital for the economic development of Nigeria. In this thesis, students can discuss the notion of the resource curse. Analyze the reasons why general people are not benefiting from the oil industry. Why did it produce very little change in the social and economic growth of the country?
- Sports Marketing and Advertising: the impact it has on the consumers.
- Economic opportunities and challenges of investing in Kenya .
- Economic Development in the Tourism Industry in Africa. Since the early 1990s, tourism significantly contributed to the economic growth of African countries. In this thesis, students can talk about the characteristics of the tourist sector in Africa. Or elaborate on specific countries and how their national development plans look like.
- Globalization and its significance to business worldwide .
- Economic risks connected to investing in Turkey .
- The decline in employment rates as the biggest American economy challenge .
- The economics of alcohol abuse problems. In this thesis, students can develop several essential issues. First, they can examine how poverty is connected to alcohol abuse. Second, they can see the link between alcohol consumption and productivity. To sum up, students can elaborate on the economic costs of alcohol abuse.
- Causes and solutions for unemployment in Great Britain.
- Parallel perspective on Global Economic Order: China and America. This thesis can bring a comparative analysis of the economies to a new level. China and The US are the world’s two largest economies. These two countries have a significant impact on the global economic order. So, looking at the set of institutions, policies, rules can be constructive.
- The new international economic order after COVID-19
- Financial stability of the banking sector in China.
- New Electronic Payment Services in Russia.
- The influence of culture on different entrepreneurial behaviors.
- The impact of natural cultural practices on entrepreneurial activity.
- The relationships between national culture and individual behavior.
- The main reasons for salary inequalities in different parts of the U.S.
😲 Economics Master’s Thesis Topics
Student life can be fascinating, but it comes with its challenges. One of which is selecting your Master’s thesis topic.
Here is a list of topics for a Master’s thesis in economics. Are you pursuing MPhil in Economics and writing a thesis? Use the following ideas as an inspiration for that. They can also be helpful if you are working on a Master’s thesis in financial economics.
- The impact of visual aid in teaching home economics.
- The effect of income changes in consumer behaviors in America.
- Forces behind socio-economic inequalities in the United States. This thesis can explore three critical factors for socio-economic differences in the United States. In the past 30 years, social disparities increased in the United States. Some of the main reasons are technology, trade, and institutions.
- The relationships between economic growth and international development.
- Technological innovations and their influence on green and environmental products.
- The economics of non-solar renewable energy .
- The economic consequences of terrorism . Terrorism not only takes away lives and destroys property but also widely affects the economy. It creates uncertainty in the market, increases insurance claims, slows down investment projects, and tourism. This thesis can address all of the ways in which terrorism can affect economies.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) implementation in the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa.
- Use of incentives in behavioral economics.
- Economic opportunities and challenges of sustainable communities .
- Economics of nuclear power plants.
- Aid and financial help for emerging markets. This topic is very versatile. Students can look at both the positive and the adverse effects that funding has on the development. There are plenty of excellent examples. Besides, some theories call international help a form of neocolonialism.
- Multinational firms impact on economic growth in America .
- The effect of natural disasters on economic development in Asia.
- The influence of globalization on emerging markets and economic development.
📑 More Economics Thesis Topics: Theme
For some students, it makes more sense to center their search around a certain subject. Sometimes you have an econ area that interests you. You may have an idea about what you want to write, but you did not decide what it will be.
If that’s the case with you, then these economics thesis topics ideas are for you.
- An analysis of the energy market in Russia.
- The impact of game theory on economic development.
- The connection between minimum wage and market equilibrium.
- Gender differences in the labor market in the United States. This topic can shed light on gender differences in the labor market in the United States. In the past years, the overall inequality in labor in the markets decreased. However, there is still a lot of work that can be done.
- Economic reasons that influence the prices of oil .
- Relationship between the Lorenz curve and the Gini coefficient.
- Challenges of small businesses in the market economy.
- The changes in oil prices: causes and solutions . Universal economic principles do not always apply to the sale and purchase of the oil. The same happens with its cost. In the thesis, talk about what affects the prices. What are the solutions that can be implemented?
- The economic analysis of the impact of immigration on the American economy.
- Economic inequality as a result of globalization . Economic inequality becomes even more apparent on the global level. There is a common belief that globalization is the cause of that. Discuss what can be the solutions to these problems. This topic is vital to minimize the gap between the rich and the poor.
- The economic explanation of political dishonesty .
- Effect of Increasing Interest rates costs in Africa .
- The connection between game theory and microeconomics.
- Marketing uses in microeconomics.
- Financial liability in human-made environmental disasters.
- Banks and their role in the economy. Banks are crucial elements of any economy, and this topic covers why. You can explain how banks allow the goods and services to be exchanged. Talk about why banks are so essential for economic growth and stability.
- Inflation in the US and ways to reduce its impact.
- The connection between politics and economics.
- Income Dynamics and demographic economics.
- US Market Liquidity and macroeconomics.
- Macroeconomics and self-correction of the economy .
- The American economy, monetary policy, and monopolies .
- The importance of control in macroeconomics. One of the central topics in macroeconomics is grouped around the issue of control. It is quite reasonable that control over money and resources should become a topic of discussion.
- Analysis of Africa’s macroeconomics and its performance.
- Economics of education in developing markets.
- Problems and possible solutions for Japan macroeconomics .
- Comparative analysis of British macroeconomics concerning the US .
- Public policies and socio-economic disparities.
- The world problems through macroeconomic analysis. Indeed, macroeconomics is very complicated. There are many influences, details, and intricacies in it. However, it allows economists to use this complex set of tools to examine the world’s leading problems today.
- The connection between employment interest and money.
🤔 Development Economics
- Economics of development . This topic is very rich in content. First, explain what it is. Then pay particular attention to domestic and international policies that affect development, income distribution, and economic growth.
- The relation between development and incentive for migration.
- The impact of natural disasters on the economy and political stability of emerging markets.
- The economic consequences of population growth in developing countries.
- The role of industrialization in developing countries . The industrialization has been connected with the development. It promotes capital formation and catalyzes economic growth in emerging markets. In this thesis, you can talk about this correlation.
- Latin American economic development.
- Gender inequality and socio-economic development .
- Problems of tax and taxation in connection with economic growth.
- The economic impact of terrorism on developing markets.
- Religious decline as a key to economic development. Not everyone knows, but a lot of research has been done in the past years on the topic. It argues that decreased religious activity is connected with increased economic growth. This topic is quite controversial. Students who decide to write about it should be extra careful and polite.
👨💼 Behavioral Economics
- Risk Preferences in Rural South Africa.
- Behavioral Economics and Finance .
- Applied behavioral economics in marketing strategies. If you want to focus your attention on marketing, this topic is for you. Behavioral economics provides a peculiar lens to look at marketing strategies. It allows marketers to identify common behaviors and adapt their marketing strategies.
- The impact of behavioral finance on investment decisions.
- Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs in North Texas.
- Guidelines for Behavioral Economics in Healthcare Sector.
- Cognitive and behavioral theories in economics .
- Cross-cultural consumer behavior and marketing communication. Consumers are not only affected by personal characteristics, but also by the culture they are living in. This topic focuses on the extent it should determine marketing strategy and communication.
- Behavior implications of wealth and inequality.
- Optimism and pessimism for future behavior.
💼 Financial Economics
- Financial Economics for Infrastructure and Fiscal Policy .
- The use of the economic concept of human capital. Students can focus on the dichotomy between human and nonhuman capital. Many economists believe that human capital is the most crucial of all. Some approach this issue differently. Therefore, students should do their research and find where they stand on this issue.
- The analysis of the global financial crisis of 2020s. Share your thoughts, predictions, ideas. Analyze the economic situation that affects almost everyone in the world. This thesis topic will be fresh and original. It can help to start a good and fruitful conversation.
- The big data economic challenges for Volvo car.
- The connection between finance, economics, and accounting.
- Financial economics: Banks competition in the UK .
- Risk-Taking by mutual funds as a response to incentives.
- Managerial economics and financial accounting as a basis for business decisions.
- Stock market overreaction.
🌱 Agricultural Economics
- Agricultural economics and agribusiness.
- The vulnerability of agricultural business in African countries.
- Agricultural economics and environmental considerations of biofuels .
- Farmer’s contribution to agricultural social capital.
- Agricultural and resource economics. Agricultural and resource economics plays a huge role in development. They are subdivided into four main characteristics which in this topic, students can talk about: – mineral and energy resources; – soil resources, water resources; – biological resources. One or even all of them can be a focus of the thesis.
- Water as an economic good in irrigated agriculture.
- Agriculture in the economic development of Iran.
- The US Agricultural Food Policy and Production .
- Pesticides usage on agricultural products in California.
- An analysis of economic efficiency in agriculture. A lot of research has been done on the question of economic efficiency in agriculture. However, it does not mean there is no place for your study. You have to read a lot of secondary sources to see where your arguments can fit.
- Theory, approach, and method in economics sociology.
- Economic sociology of capitalism. While economists believe in the positive effect capitalism has on the economy, the social effect is quite different. The “economic” part of the issue has been studied a lot. However, the sociology of it has been not. This thesis can be very intriguing to read.
- Political Economy and Economic Sociology.
- Gender and economic sociology .
- Progress, sociology, and economics.
- Data analysis in economics, sociology, environment .
- Economic sociology as a way to understand the human mind.
- Economic sociology of money.
- Economics, sociology, and psychology of security.
- Major principles of economic sociology. In the past decade, economic sociology became an increasingly popular field. Mainly due to it giving a new view on economics, human mind, and behavior. Besides, it explores relationships between politics, law, culture, and gender.
📚 The List of Ph.D. Topics in Economics
If you decide to go to grad school to do your Masters, you will likely end up getting a Ph.D. as well. So, with this plan in mind, think about a field that interests you enough during your Masters. Working with the same topic for both graduate degrees is easier and more effective.
This list of Ph.D. Topics in Economics can help you identify the areas you can work on.
- Occupational injuries in Pakistan and its effect on the economy. Injuries are the leading cause of the global burden of disability. Globally, Pakistan was ranked 9th populated country with a large number of unskilled workers. In this dissertation, consider the link between occupational injuries and their effects on the economy.
- The study of the Philippines’ economic development.
- Financial derivatives and climate change .
- Econometric Analysis of Financial Markets.
- Islamic Banking and Financial Markets .
- Health economics and policy in the UK.
- Health insurance: rationale and economic justification. In this dissertation, students can find different ways to explain and justify health insurance. Starting to philosophical to purely economic grounds. In the past years, there was a lot of discussion regarding the healthcare system for all. What are some of the economic benefits of that?
- Colombian economy, economic growth, and inequality.
- Benefits of mergers and acquisitions in agribusiness.
- Methods to measure financial risks when investing in Africa.
- The significance of financial economics in understanding the relationship between a country’s GDP and NDP.
- Network effects in cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies are not new anymore. However, it is still an original subject for a dissertation. Students can decide to choose several crypto coins and evaluate the importance of the network effect. This effect is particularly significant for Bitcoin. Explain why.
- The comparison of the Chinese growth model with the American growth model.
- An economic justification versus political expediency.
- Pollution Externalities Role in Management Economics .
📝 How to Select an Economics Thesis Topic
As your academic journey is coming to an end, it’s time to pick the right topic for your thesis. The whole academic life you were preparing to undertake this challenge.
Here is the list of six points that will help you to select an economics thesis topic:
- Make sure it is something you are genuinely interested in. It is incredibly challenging to write something engaging if you are not interested in the topic. So, choose wisely and chose what excites you.
- Draw inspiration from the previous student’s projects. A great place to start is by looking at what the previous students wrote. You can find some fresh ideas and a general direction.
- Ask your thesis advisor for his feedback. Most probably, your thesis advisor supervised many students before. They can be a great help too because they know how to assess papers. Before meeting with your professor, do some basic research, and understand what topic is about.
- Be original, but not too much. You do not want to spend your time writing about a project that many people wrote about. Your readers will not be interested in reading it, but your professors as well. However, make sure you do not pick anything too obscure. It will leave you with no secondary sources.
- Choose a narrow and specific topic. Not only will it allow you to be more original, but also to master a topic. When the issue is too broad, there is just too much information to cover in one thesis.
- Go interdisciplinary. If you find yourself interested in history, philosophy, or any other related topic, it can help you write an exceptional thesis in economics. Most of your peers may work on pure economics. Then, the interdisciplinary approach can help you to stand out among them.
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The most popular economics dissertation topics in 2023 are economic development, economic policy and planning, impact of globalisation on economy, money and rates of interest, and international finance among others.
The economics dissertation topics include impact of globalisation on economy, international finance, economic development, the macroeconomic features of international trade, and many more. A student who has enrolled in a BA Economics course or who is pursuing a PhD in Economics must be aware of the topics that are popularly selected to prepare economics dissertation.
Economics can be said to be a social science associated with the production, distribution, and the consumption of services. The subject analyses the efforts made by the country, organisation, or individual for the allocation of resources.
Economics covers a vast number of topics. These are macroeconomics, microeconomics, international economics, managerial economics, labour economics, behavioural economics and many more.
Top 50+ Economics Dissertation Topics
The list of economics dissertation topics that have been listed below are the most popular ones picked up by the students. These topics cover varied theories, laws, and principles of economics. The list has been categorised under various heads, which are as follows:
- Macroeconomics Dissertation Topics
- Microeconomics Dissertation Topics
- Economic Geography Dissertation Topics
- Labour Economics Dissertation Topics
- Environmental Economics Dissertation Topics
1. Macroeconomics Dissertation Topics
This branch of Economics studies the performance, behaviour, structure, and decision-making of an aggregate or the whole economy. Long term growth in the economy and short termed cycles in business are the two major areas of macroeconomics.
The economics dissertation topics for macroeconomics are:
- Is the system of economics practicable for all sections of a society?
- How do interest rates affect consumption in a country?
- Effect of Covid-19 on industrial production?
- Using big data in behavioural economics at macro level
- Has Brexit influenced the rate and quality of consumer spending?
- Division of tax between a buyer and seller
- How to mitigate the space between theory and practise of behavioural macroeconomics?
- FDI and interest rates in India
- Is it necessary to revise neoclassical growth according to the modern world conditions?
- Housing prices and the macroeconomics determinants
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2. Microeconomics Dissertation Topics
Microeconomics is the branch of economics that deals with the study of households, firms, and individual’s ' behaviour in allocating resources. It applies to goods and services and deals with economic and individual issues.
The dissertation topics on macroeconomics are:
- A macroeconomic study of the energy sector
- The relationship between merger and acquisition and productivity
- Inequality of income in the Indian workforce
- The antitrust regulations and horizontal mergers
- Impact of the new supermarket stores on local economy
- The impact of cryptocurrency on economy
- The concept of minimum wage for the daily wage wage earners
- Relationship between the game theory and decision theory
- Impact of eCommerce on small and medium enterprises
- Is the profit percentage made by a firm directly proportional to the size of the firm? Shed light on the telecommunication sector
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3. Economic Geography Dissertation Topics
Economic geography can be said to be a part of human geography and the economic activities that affect it. This is a subfield of economics.
The economics dissertation topics related to economic geography are:
- How is local proximity being affected by the networks? Difference between co-localized and dispersed networks
- The effect of Covid-19 on the economic life in the cities
- The role of local and regional cultures in the shaping of economic development of the entrepreneurs
- Indian economy in the post pandemic era
- National, regional, and local policies for an environment conducive to local cluster
- How does local culture help promote regional innovation networks?
- What is regional divergence? Poorest and richest areas in India in terms of wealth distribution.
- The difference in entrepreneurial behaviour between the rural and urban areas
- How can natural calamities affect the economy and resources of a localised region or state or country?
- How has recession affected the economic geography of India in the past?
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4. Labour Economics Dissertation Topics
The Labour Economics studies the role of the labour force in the production process. The labour force refers to the whole gamut of the industry, i.e., the employers and the employed.
The distinctive labour economics dissertation topics are:
- A critical and analytical assessment of a collective bargaining practice
- The role of gender inequality in the staggered growth of economy and productivity within the context of work-culture
- The impact of digitization on the labour market
- How practical are the economic labour laws in India?
- Government policies in favour of self-employment
- The impact of ‘Vocal for local’ on local and regional economies in India
- Immigration policies in India and its impact on the local labour market
- Labour exploitation in China and its impact on the labour laws of the country
- How Brexit has impacted the policy outcomes shaping the local economy of the cities in the United Kingdom.
- Cheap labour: An exploitation of the labour laws in India
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5. Environmental Economics Dissertation Topics
Environmental economics is a branch of economics that deals with the cost-effective use, allocation, and protection of the natural resources of the world.
The most popular environmental economics dissertation topics are:
- The impact of a company running on an eco-friendly model on its competitiveness in the market
- The economic and cultural impact of the of the maintenance of heritage cities on a country’s economy
- A qualitative study of the paying for recycled products
- Biological invasion and its impact on a country’s economy
- Analysing the impact of risk aversions in the context of goods and services
- Climate change and its impact on natural production and thereby on the national economy
- Does drinking clean water really impact the GDP of a country?
- The impact of greenhouse effect on the global and local economy
- Waste management procedure: implication on the environmental economy
- Economic environmental policies in the lights of natural disasters: An impact on the national economy
- Is the growth of new industries impacting the environment economy of India?
- Preservation of natural resources and its impact on the economy
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The ultimate goal of economic science is to improve the living conditions of people in everyday lives. Economists study how to utilize the available scarce resources to maximize value and thus profits. The concerns of economics today are largely focused on issues such as opportunity cost, consumption and production, borrowing, saving, investments, occupations and employment, trades markets, pricing and human behavior concerning making economic decisions.
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Given that economics covers a lot of issues in society today coupled with the multitude of research studies within the existing literature, many economics students find it difficult to find the most suitable economic research topic for their undergraduate project, master’s thesis, and dissertations. Technological advancement has also increased the pace of transformation and globalization creating new areas in economics that are worth research. Our economics experts have curated a list of research paper topics in economics that you can use to get the perfect research paper topic.
Micro-Economics Research Topics
Microeconomics deals with the economic behavior of individual isolated units of the economy like an individual, a household, a company, and industry. Micro-economists study factors that influence economic choices, markets and their key elements such as demand and supply and analyze markets and determine the prices for goods and services that best allocate the available limited resources. Some of the best research topics in microeconomics that you can use for your thesis or dissertation include:
1. The effect of income changes on consumer choices
2. The effect of labor force participation on the economy and budget – A comparison
3. The impact of marital status on the labor force composition: A case of [your country] economy
4. The difference in the consumption attitude in [your country] over the last decade – Critical analysis of consumer behavior trends
5. The relationship between salary levels and ‘economic convergence’ in [your country]?
6. Analyzing salary inequalities in [your country] and the forces behind such inequalities.
7. The evolution of consumption in [your country] over the last 10 years: Trends and consumer behavior.
8. Dynamics of the Gini index as a reflection of the problem of inequality in income
9. Cashless economy: The impact of demonetization on small and medium businesses
10 Privatization of Public Enterprises and its implications on economic policy and development
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Macroeconomics Research Topics
1. The relationship between economic growth and unemployment in [your country]
2. Global recession and factors that contribute to it.
3. Impact of government expenditure on economic growth in [country]
4. The impact of company income tax revenue on the developing economies- A comparative analysis of Kenya, India, and Nigeria
5. The relationship between common stock prices and inflation in [your country]
6. The relationship between inflation and government spending in [your country] economy.
7. The effect of currency devaluation on small and medium firms- A case study of selected multinationals in [your country]
8. The relationship between internet connectivity and productivity in the workplace
9. The evolution of the stock market in [your country]: Causes and consequences
10 Unemployment and regional mobility of labor in [your country]
11 A comparison of the United States unemployment to the rest of the world
Research Topics on International Trade
1. The relationship between economic growth and international trade
2. To what extent does a currency union affect trade: A case of the United States
3. What are the gains and losses of international trade for developing countries?
4. Foreign direct investment in the United States: Determinants and impact
5. The effects of the banana crisis on the Jamaican and British economies
6. The impact of Brexit on small and middle businesses in the UK
7. The relationship between foreign direct investment and wages- A comparative analysis of USA and China
8. The roles of exchange rate and exchange rate regime in the US export
9. The importance of international trade in developing countries
10 To what extent are the gains of less developed countries from tradeliberalization exaggerated?
Environmental economics research paper topics
Economic activities such as production have a significant impact on the environment such as pollution and depletion of natural resources. Environmental economics studies these impacts and other environmental issues. Below are some of the best research paper topics in environmental economics.
1. An economic examination of waste disposal programs in the United States
2. Man-made environmental disasters: who bears the economic liability?
3. The economics of land- a comparative analysis of land sharing and land sparing in the United States
4. The impact of waste disposal programs to America’s Environmental Policy: An economic evaluation
5. Water management and conservation policies in the United States and the UK- a comparative analysis
6. The economic implications of climate policy changes because of different climate change assessment mechanisms
7. Investigating the cost of organizational environmental analysis in the United States
8. What are the determinants of climate policy formulation in the United States? An economic scrutiny
9. The economic perspectives of distribution of natural resources across boundaries
10 The impact of technological innovation for clean and green products on the environment
11 The impact of work-life balance on social eco-systems: perspectives from the United States
12 The relationship between financial subsidies and generation of eco-friendly products
Research Paper Topics on Behavioral Economics
Behavioral economics examines the psychology behind economic activities and economic decision making. It examines the limitation of the assumption that individuals are perfectly normal. Good behavioral economics topics cover subjects such as bounded rationality, irrational exuberance, and choice architecture.
1. Inducing choice paralysis: how retailers bury customers in an avalanche of options
2. The behavioral economics of discounting- A case study of amazon
3. Pricing and the decoy effect; how corporations ‘nudge’ consumers to spend more
4. Big data and implications for behavioral economics
5. A study of how the United States market benefitted from behavioral economics theory
6. How has behavioral economics influenced the real-world context? A case of online purchase behavior
7. Weight management through behavioral economics: use of incentives
8. What motivates consumers? A behavioral economics perspective
9. Using behavioral economics to help in reducing substance abuse
10 Addressing lifestyle management for diabetes through behavioral analysis- insights from the US healthcare sector
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Development Economics research paper topics
1. The impact of multinational commodity trading through the development economic perspective
2. The impact of globalization on income distribution in emerging economies
3. Investigating the relationship between migration and development economics
4. Budgeting and decision making by low-income earners in emerging economics
5. Investigating the relationship between family planning, labor force, and income fluctuations
6. The impact of natural disasters on development in emerging economies
7. The impact of population growth on development economics- review of India
8. The determinants of high performing institutions in emerging economies
9. Comparative economic patterns of villages across Virginia
10 Aid and economic growth of developing economies- a review
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Handpicked PhD Thesis Topics In Economics
Economics is a very broad area to write a Ph.D. thesis about. For your project to be meaningful and interesting, you should pick a narrow topic within this field. Unfortunately, not all students can come up with excellent questions to answer in their academic works. If you have such a problem, a list of exciting sample topics generated by experts should help you.
Outstanding Topics for an Economics Ph.D. Thesis
- The impact of a local culture on the entrepreneurial action.
- The role of a family in funding the start-up of a business.
- The economic development and transaction costs.
- The evolution of the consumption in the USA over the last decade.
- The impact of oil price changes on the level of the general consumption.
- The relationship between the regional development and profit.
- The effect of minimum wages on the employment in the USA.
- The relationship between the cash flow and investments.
- The causes of the regional divergence: the analysis of rich and poor regions.
- The contribution of a university network to the entrepreneurial action.
Ways to Choose a Thesis Topic
If you didn’t get much inspiration from examining the list of topics above, you should use one of the following methods to find a good area to research:
- Read previous studies.
You may go to your university library and look through several dissertations in economics written over the past year. Pay attention to the conclusion chapters in which authors propose ways to continue their research.
- Conduct a brainstorming session.
If it’s difficult for you to generate a good idea alone, invite several fellow students to do some brainstorming together. Maybe, some of you will come up with a topic that will be great to write a thesis about.
- Hire a professional company.
Lastly, you may pay an online agency to generate a decent topic for you. You may even hire them to compose your entire paper.
- Approach your professor.
You may consult them on the current trends in economics research. Maybe, your professor will even suggest a few already narrowed down topics.
Remember that if you want to select a successful thesis topic, it should be interesting to you in the first place. Many students who choose topics that they aren’t concerned about quickly get bored during their research. To compose a paper worthy of an excellent grade, you should carry out your study with enthusiasm, so pick your topic wisely.
You might select a bad topic, poorly structure your paper, use inappropriate writing techniques, and so on. Before you start working on your project, you should make sure that each of your step is proper. You can learn everything today.
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Of course, the PhD topics of your doctorate are very important on which you do your project and write a research paper. When you select your PhD topics you must have a clear idea of what your doctoral dissertation will look like. In PhD topics, there are a few false impressions and indefinite throughout everyplace 'topics', and numerous PhDs assume that all they need is the overall theme, to begin with, their research from starting your PhD topics ... If you have ideas to choose your PhD topics, if you "work" on it and invest a lot of time, you will create one for yourself and you will be successful! you have a reasonable thought regarding what your PhD journey will be about. In any case, you despite everything need to pound out solid examination addresses that will assist you with organizing your exploration. By and by, settling on a theme and working out your exploration questions goes connected at the hip. Read more
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- Experimental aerodynamics
- Polymers and complex fluids
- Sustainable energy
- Catalysis and reactions
- Soft computing techniques
- Automated analysis & understanding of biological cells
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- Research on wind turbines
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- Engineering informatics and simulation
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Electronics and communication engineering
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Computer science and engineering
- Software engineering and programming
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- Computer graphics
- Human-centered computing
- Internet and web computing
- Mobile and cloud computing
- High-performance computing
- Complier optimization
- Data mining
- Production planning and logistics
- Modeling and simulation
- Analytics and statistics
- Education, case studies
- Information system for production and management
- Designing and manufacturing
- Regenerative engineering
- Cell & Molecular Imaging and bio-photonics
- Neural engineering
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If you are doing more detailed research when looking for a Phd. Articles, books, and other sources for research want to change or refine your research topic based on your results. The topic development process will help you improve your writing and research skills and you will need to prepare the suggested answers for your research questions. Then you are ready to use the resources found and use the various sources effectively depending on your dissertation and answer your research problems
PhD Topic in Commerce
We are a group of companies and economies that include all the activities that lead to the transformation of goods and services from products to clients in PhD topics. For many years PhD topics in e-commerce have been the fastest-growing commercial industry
Many universities offer specialized PhD degrees in Commerce. At the graduate level. PhD topics in Commerce include international marketing, accounting, finance, marketing, or project management.
The work degree is designed to provide the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills required in the modern work world.
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A base paper is an example project report or a paper that has been distributed by an earlier researcher, that researchers use as reference material for finishing their PhD postulation. The thoughts introduced in the base papers are additionally investigated for a new understanding.
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The use of basic text should be similar to the function used as a guide. This is especially true for experimental surveys.
Research on the main work must be on the same topics. For example, research information can be used for analysis to solve a problem. This will ensure that the source code is updated.
The details in the main document should be clear and easy to understand in terms of modules, graphics, and diagrams.
The language used in the paper should be well researched and appropriate to a particular area of knowledge. This will help the scientist understand the range of technical terms that can be used. In addition, the base and shape of the paper should be in line with the appropriate style.
Every section of a proposal is imperative and similarly important. While all topics request equivalent consideration, the degree of trouble that they present for each researcher may vary. A few up comers discover the writing audit part is almost overwhelming; for others, information examination ends up being the fault list.
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PhD research topics in education
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- Developing learner autonomy
- Development education
- Critical pedagogies
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- Rapid-acting anti-depressants
- Molecular Pharmacology
- The evaluation of Health Impacts in Low and Middle-income Countries
- Dementia Care through Community-Based Activity
- Health and Green Space
- Public Health based on the quality of drinking water
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- Analysis and Partial Differential Equations
- Applied Analysis
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- Mathematical Finance
- Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
- Topology and Differential Geometry
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PhD Topics in Economics
Preliminary research on various PhD topics is an important first step when it comes to choosing a PhD in Economics. PhD in Economics is aimed to encourage students to conduct original research in Economics and to develop students as a potential economist. It involves the preparation of candidature and completion of the thesis for the award of the degree. The thesis is considered as a scholarly contribution in the field of specialization. Only after the successful completion of the thesis and its acceptance by the University, a candidate is awarded the degree of PhD. The students are encouraged to select a thesis topic which can be covered in a limited time but should be relevant enough to contribute in the field of economics.
There are number of ways by which you can identify and decide upon your PhD topic but it is not as easy as it sounds. Students are advised to consult someone who is both experienced and specialized in the concerned field. If you have a choice of research topics, start by choosing a topic you like, or one you are curious about.
Here we are suggesting some of the PhD topics in Economics which can make topic selection easier:
- Technological advancement and changing trends in consumer purchasing behavior : A survey among 100 consumers at shopping malls in India
- Cost and benefit analysis of protected areas in India : A case study of the Jim Corbett National Park
- Global warming from an economic viewpoint : An evaluation of the associated costs, benefits and tradeoffs
- Community-based forest management stories from across the globe : Take home lessons for Indian scenario from an economic perspective
- An empirical study to evaluate the economic growth in UK from the lens of unemployment rates
- A comparative study to assess the relationship between inflation and firms profits: Developed V/S developing economies
- Technology, unemployment and outsourcing : A survey among the leading manufacturing industries in India
- Impact of VAT and GST on the profitability of public and private organizations
- Towards economic growth : Assessing the impact of cultural mix on the productivity of creative industries
- The macroeconomics of SMEs entrepreneurship in Indian market
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Coming Up With Interesting PhD Dissertation Topics In Economics
As a Ph.D. student who is studying economics, you will almost certainly be required to write a dissertation towards the end of your studies. If you’re wondering what titles you could use for your paper then the following may help you to clarify exactly what it is you want to base the work on.
Examine past papers written by former students
To give you a good idea of what has been written about in the past, you may wish to look at past papers that have been written by former students. It may be that your university is able to provide you with examples of papers that have been written by students that previously studied at the institution; alternatively, you may wish to turn to the Internet to find a wide range papers that are available either on a free or paid basis.
Read articles in economics publications and journals for more inspiration
Another great way of coming up with good topic ideas is to read articles from newspapers, as well as economic publications and journals. Not only can these publications help to give you inspiration when it comes to thinking of a good topic idea to write about, but can also potentially provide you with a few ideas of what to include within the main content itself. This approach is particularly useful if you want to base your dissertation on current events related to the subject of economics.
For a few further ideas, it can be worth taking a moment to look through the topics listed below.
- Do free markets still require at least some minimal amount of government invention in order to operate effectively?
- With the internet and other technological advances in recent years, is it possible to have industries based on perfect competition?
- Discuss price elasticity in relation to the way sports clubs charge fans for tickets, and whether or not such businesses always try and maximise revenues
- An analysis of Capitalism in the 21st Century
- A case study of the major supermarkets or any other oligopoly-based industry
- Using a cost benefit analysis, as well any other relevant research and economic theory, what should airlines charge for plane tickets if they were to fully take into account any environmental damage caused
- Analyse why quasi-public goods can never be provided by private firms
- An analysis of inferior and superior goods and which companies prevailed as a result of the financial crises in the early 21st Century
- What effect does immigration have on demand within an economy?
- How has the European Central Bank attempted to stimulate the economy of the European Union during the recent financial crisis?
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Though the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be best known for its math, science and engineering education, this private research university also offers architecture, humanities, management and social science programs. The school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.
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