Research Methodology in Economics

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Learning Outcomes

This course deals with issues pertinent to the scientific research in economics, providing the principles for organizing, planning, designing and conducting research. More specifically, the course provides knowledge on: the use of bibliographic reviews, use of data sources, ethics of economic research, overall design of a research project (objectives, philosophy, and methods), evaluation of existing research, and, finally, the compilation and dissemination of the findings. The students discuss and present papers, learn research methods and write a critical review of the literature on an economic topic of their choice.

By the end of this course, the students are expected to:

  1. Knowledge:
  • Know how to search for research papers and scholarly journal articles.
  • Know how to evaluate information found in the web.
  • Know how to analyze critically the research of others
  • Understand the  different approaches to empirical economic research (social experiments, field experiments, laboratory experiments, natural experiments)
  • Be aware that research in economics is a continuous learning process.
  1. Skills:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all stages of the research process, including the important links between its various components
  • Critically appraise the philosophical and ethical issues relating to research in economics
  • Identify and analyze primary and secondary data sources
  • Synthesize the relevant literature, explaining how the theories have been tested
  • Be able to design a research project and communicate the findings
  1. Specific skills:
  • Have gained experience at presenting the research work of others,  individually and as part of a team
  • Have gained experience at writing a critical review of the literature.

By the end of this course, the students will  have developed the following skills:

1) Ability to expand their knowledge and make this knowledge useful to the study of world economic problems

2) Ability of  ‘learning- by-doing’ under the supervision of a researcher or other expert

3) Ability to pull together various aspects of economic theories, methods and analysis and present them in a coherent, logical, reliable and useful manner.

Course Contents

  1. The status and evolution of economic knowledge
  2. Ethics of economic research
  3. Literature reviews, skills and resources
  4. Accessing economic data sources
  5. Essay writing skills in economics
  6. Reading and reviewing an article
  7. Econometrics skill- training
  8. Software presentation and application
  9. Starting research and writing a dissertation

Teaching Activities

Lectures (3 hours per week)

Teaching Organization


Semester workload

Lectures, 3 hours per week

13X3 = 39 hours

Private study and preparation of assignments

111 hours

Total number of hours for the Course (25 hours of work-load per ECTS credit)

150 hours (total student work-load)


1) Written examination at the end of the semester (80%)

2) Assignment during the semester (20%).

Use of ICT

Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (e.g. PowerPoint) in teaching.

Course Info

Teaching Hours: 
3 hours per week
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Current Tutors


Chatzistamoulou Nikolaos

Teaching Fellow
Chatzistamoulou N.
Field of Expertise: 
Applied Microeconometrics
Office Hours: 
Wednesday 10.00-11.00 and 18.00-20.00 (as well as upon appointment)

Reading List

Reading Recommendations: 
Καραγιάννης Α.Δ., Οικονομική Μεθοδολογία, Εκδόσεις Κριτικής 1η Εκδοση, 2001