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Dynamic Game Theory Projects and Dissertation Information

by David K. Levine, Department of Economics, UCLA

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General advice on writing a good thesis

There are many answers to the question of what might constitute a good dissertation. This is an effort to provide one answer to that question. Part of writing a dissertation is learning the skills required to be a practising economist. Nowadays economists write scientific papers and not books, and they often collaborate with other researchers in conducting scientific research. So a good thesis can constitute 2-3 essays, each written in the form of a paper that might be submitted to a journal. Collaborative essays with other students are especially good.

A good essay would have three parts: a stylized fact or facts to be explained; a theoretical model to explain the facts and a determination of how well the model succeeds in explaining the facts.