In the IECO 400 and 401 series you will learn the skills and techniques needed for carrying out a substantive original research project and write a research paper in economics. Before writing a paper in economics, you need to have a valid research question.
These three points sound simple but require a lot of effort and time. Ideally, we want you to have your question by the start of your senior year. If you are on the IECO Honors track, you should complete all of these three by the deadline that you apply for the Honors in the Spring semester of your junior year.
Once you have a well-defined question, we advise you to talk to your advisor at least bi-weekly and update your project with them and get constant feedback.
Finally, IECO400 will teach you more methods to analyze the data so that you can answer your question more rigorously. IECO401 will then take over and focus on the writing and presenting the paper. For more details on writing in economics, please take a look at the Writing in Economics tab.