Undergraduate and Graduate Thesis Advising

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.

Research Proposal

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.

Useful Links


How to Succeed in Academia (by Lasse H. Pedersen)

For Writing:

Ph.D. Thesis Research: Where do I Start? (by Don Davis)

Resources for Economists on the Internet (by Bill Goffe)

Writing Tips for Economics Research Papers (by Plamen Nikolov)

How to Write Applied Papers in Economics (by Marc F. Bellemare)

Some Research and Writing Tips (by Ben Jacobsen)

Tips for Econometrics (by Marc F. Bellemare)

The Ten Most Important Rules of Writing Your Job Market Paper (by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz)

The Introduction Formula (by Keith Head)

The Conclusion Formula (by Marc F. Bellemare)

The 10 Commandments for Figures (by Keith Head)

The 10 Commandments for Regression Tables (by Keith Head)

How to Write a Top Journal (by Kwan Choi)

Purdue Online Writing Lab

For Presentation:

How to Give an Applied Micro Talk (by Jesse M. Shapiro)

How to Make Academic Presentations (by Berthold Herrendorf)

The Discussant’s Art (by Chris Blattman)

Publish a paper:

How should I select a journal in the field of economics? (by Editage)

10 journals for publishing a short economics paper (by World Bank)

Journals in Economics that take short papers

​Beall’s List Predatory Scholarly Open‑access Publishers

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