How to Write about Economics and Public Policy

How to Write about Economics and Public Policy

1st Edition - July 12, 2018

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  • Author: Katerina Petchko
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130100
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130117

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How to Write about Economics and Public Policy is designed to guide graduate students through conducting, and writing about, research on a wide range of topics in public policy and economics. This guidance is based upon the actual writing practices of professional researchers in these fields and it will appeal to practitioners and students in disciplinary areas such as international economics, macroeconomics, development economics, public finance, policy studies, policy analysis, and public administration. Supported by real examples from professional and student writers, the book helps students understand what is expected of writers in their field and guides them through choosing a topic for research to writing each section of the paper. This book would be equally effective as a classroom text or a self-study resource.

Key Features

  • Teaches students how to write about qualitative and quantitative research in public policy and economics in a way that is suitable for academic consumption and that can drive public policy debates
  • Uses the genre-based approach to writing to teach discipline-appropriate ways of framing problems, designing studies, and writing and structuring content
  • Includes authentic examples written by students and international researchers from various sub-disciplines of economics and public policy
  • Contains strategies and suggestions for textual analysis of research samples to give students an opportunity to practice key points explained in the book
  • Is based on a comprehensive analysis of a research corpus containing 400+ research articles in various areas of public policy and economics


Graduate students from both English-speaking and non-English-speaking countries, who are studying economics, public policy, public administration, public finance, or policy analysis at English-medium universities. Undergraduate students majoring in economics or public policy as well as novice researchers working in these fields

Table of Contents

  • 1. What is Academic Writing?
    2. Research in Public Policy and Economics
    3. Research Topics and Paper Options
    4. Identifying Literature to Review
    5. Reading and Analyzing Literature
    6. Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Purpose Statements
    7. Research Proposals
    8. Structure of a Research Paper
    9. Justifying Research: The Introduction
    10. Theory and Theoretical Frameworks
    11. Situating a Study: The Literature Review
    12. Literature Review: Models and Examples
    13. Data and Methodology
    14. Results, Discussion, and Conclusion
    15. Data, Methodology, Results, and Discussion: Models and Examples
    16. Writing Skills

    Appendix A: Citation Guides
    Appendix B: Model Papers
    Appendix C: Sources of Data for Public Policy and Economics Research
    Appendix D: Journals in Economics and Public Policy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 472
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: July 12, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130100
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130117

About the Author

Katerina Petchko

Katerina Petchko is Associate Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) where she directs the Center for Professional Communication and teaches courses in research methodology and academic writing. She is the developer of GRIPS’ Academic Writing Program, which teaches students to write in ways that members of their discipline find persuasive. She has advised graduate students in public policy and economics on dissertation and thesis writing for nearly two decades.

Affiliations and Expertise

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan

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