The following tips are meant to help you improve the chances
that your paper will be accepted.
Make sure you have a clear thesis statement in the
introduction of your paper. Your thesis may be in the form
of a statement or a question. The key is that early in your
paper, you need to clearly explain exactly what you are
going to investigate and how you are going to go about
investigating your question or problem.
Think about your audience. When you write, try to
anticipate the questions that your reader may have.
Remember that your reader is trying to understand
everything about your research.
Write with the objective of making your arguments clear,
concise, and easy to understand.
Pay close attention to the quality of your economic
Make your paper topic interesting by explaining why your
research project is worth doing at all and also be sure to
tell your reader what is significant about your conclusions
and why they are interesting.
If you use tables and figures, be sure to refer to them in
Avoid spelling and grammatical errors. While the reviewers
of paper submissions are ultimately looking for good
economic research, excessive errors will distract the
reviewer from the content of your paper and as a result,
your paper may be looked upon unfavorably as a
Do not forget to properly cite your sources! Papers that
are submitted should have proper citations.
While it is preferable to use third person when writing a
research paper, as long as you are consistent throughout
the paper, the editorial staff is indifferent to which you
Finally, here are a couple of excellent references:
McCoskey, D. 1985. Economical writing in Economic inquiry
Greenlaw, Steven A. 2006. Doing economics: A guide to
understanding and carrying out economic research. Boston:
Wyrick, Thomas. 1994. The economist's handbook: A
research and writing
guide. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing.
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