I always welcome undergraduate and graduate students who have interesting research topics. If you ask me for a thesis advisor, the following information will be very useful.
My Research Fields
If you want to get as much knowledge from me as possible, we should have the same research interests. I prefer empirical studies and my main research fields are human capital, education, labor economics, and economic growth. Even if your research topic is not the same as mine, I can guide research topics that require machine learning, cross-sectional or panel data analysis.
First, I will evaluate your research proposal. Then, I will decide whether to become your supervisor. Prepare a two-page research proposal. It should include 1) title, 2) research question(s), 3) background, 4) preliminary literature review, 5) methodology (and data), 6) hypotheses, and 7) references. Your proposal should show minimal (possible) contributions to the literature.
I don’t supervise students who don’t have a clear research topic. Sometimes students ask me if I can provide any research topic. I am not interested in students who do not have their own ideas.
I would assume that you have sufficient knowledge of core economics courses, and I am not interested in discussing general interest excluding economics or econometrics knowledge.
Tips for Students
I prefer to be the supervisor of a student with a score of 85 or higher in my classes. Even if you haven’t taken my class before, I can be a supervisor of a student with excellent performance in core econ courses.
I especially prefer students who are passionate about attending intensive weekly (or biweekly) meetings. You don’t have a reason to be perfect for every meeting. But you have to show marginal improvements.
I take the student’s attitude very seriously. I am your supervisor, not a research assistant. There are some students who confuse our relationship. Don’t forget that you are the one who knows best about your research topic.
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