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A Beginner's Guide to Economic Research and Presentation by Jeffrey A. Edwards

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CHAPTER 7

Drafting and Refining the Paper

A famous economist named David Romer once outlined a detailed plan of how PhD students could graduate in 5 years or less. The plan goes something like this (from Brad DeLong’s website http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/teaching_folder/Romers_rules.html)

Don’t clutter up your life with other activities; just write

Don’t carry out a thorough and comprehensive search of the literature; just write

Don’t attempt to make sure that every page you write shows the full extent of your professional skills; just write

Don’t write a well-organized, well integrated, unified dissertation; just write

Don’t think profound thoughts that shake the intellectual foundations of the discipline; just write

If you don’t ...

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