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Certificate Thesis Guide

Writing a Literature Review

 A Literature Review: Helps you get started on your research

A Literature review has two functions:

  • Demonstrate that you are aware of others’ work in this area and to guide the reader to these works.
  • Based on those papers, demonstrate to the reader how your research is original.

For each of the assigned papers, answer the following questions and fill out a synthesis matrix:

  1. What's the main hypothesis?
  2. What's the economic theory behind it?
  3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the data used?
  4. What is the estimation /identification problem?
  5. What method(s) do the authors use to overcome this problem?
  6. Does the method overcome the problem? Why or why not?
  7. What are the findings?
  8. Link this paper to your own idea and build your argument upon this paper.