EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
F1T 2007 DLE
Song'ony, Daniel K.
B.A EconomicsM.A EconomicsMA, PhD Economics
FIT 2007 DLA DIST starts 20 Aug 07 ends 12 Oct 07
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Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
As preparation for the final research paper, formulate an original theory about the correlation between four measurable independent variables (causes) and one measurable dependent variable (the effect). The topic proposal should include the following four items which serve as the foundation for the final research paper after instructor feedback is given.
1) Statement of the problem/Issue
Clearly define the issue or state the problem to be Investigated. Identify independent and dependent variables and state the correlations.
2) Definition of Variables
Clearly define the variables stating which variable determines the other. For each variable, write a single definition paragraph (five paragraphs total). Paragraphs should be in this order: dependent variable, primary independent variable, and remaining three independent variables.
In addition to defining the independent variables, defend why each determines the dependent variable.
For each independent variable, provide research sources that discuss the variable. These sources need not be technical documents but should contain evidence to justify. List the sources on the Works Cited (reference) page.
3) Data Description
Include for each of the variables, at least 30 observations of cross-sectional data must be obtained. Therefore, the final research paper is a data matrix that is at least 30 rows by five columns. Clearly state the data source.
4) Citation Page
The final page of the proposal should be a Works Cited page listing the two research sources for the primary independent variable and the data sources, with a separate citation for each table of data, including specific table numbers for each of the five sources. The appropriate format should be employed (see below).
Final Research Paper
The final research paper is the expanded proposals containing research findings. It should have details of:
1. Purpose Statement and Model
In the introductory paragraph, state why the dependent variable has been chosen for analysis. Then make a general statement about the model.
2. Definition of Variables
Define and defend all variables, including the dependent variable, in a single paragraph for each variable. Also, state the expectations for each independent variable. These paragraphs should be in numerical order, i.e., dependent variable, X1, then X2, etc.
In one paragraph, describe the data and identify the data sources.
4. Presentation and Interpretation of Results
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