Writing for Academic and General Audiences about Economics and Public Policy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128130100

Writing for Academic and General Audiences about Economics and Public Policy

1st Edition

Authors: Katerina Petchko
Paperback ISBN: 9780128130100
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st March 2018
Page Count: 360
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Writing for Academic and General Audiences about Economics and Public Policy gives researchers the skills in critical thinking, critical reading, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation needed to convey their ideas. Its lessons and examples appeal to students and professionals with differing cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds, including international economics, micro- and macroeconomics, labor economics, development economics, and security studies. The skills it emphasizes are critical to informing and persuading, and acquiring them helps students become not only better writers but also better leaders.

Key Features

  • Teaches students how to translating academic writing about qualitative and quantitative economics into language that is suitable for public consumption and can drive public policy debates
  • Uses the genre-based theory of writing to teach discipline-appropriate ways of framing problems, designing studies, and writing and structuring content
  • Includes authentic examples (including whole papers and proposals) from several sub-disciplines of economics and describes both quantitative and qualitative approaches to public policy and economics research
  • Each chapter contains 4-10 exercises that give students an opportunity to practice key points explained in the book. PowerPoint slides summarizing key points accompany each chapter


Graduate students, from both English-speaking and non-English speaking countries, who are studying economics, public policy, or public administration at English-medium universities. The book also serves the needs of undergraduate students majoring in economics or public policy and non-English researchers working in these areas

Table of Contents

1. Academic Fundamentals
2. Avoiding Plagiarism
3. Using and Citing Sources
4. From Topic to Research Question
5. The Paper Proposal
6. Quoting and Summarizing
7. The Literature Review
8. The Body of the Paper
9. The Introduction
10. Logical and Critical Writing
11. Revising for Grammar and Style
12. Preparing the Final Draft

A. Citation Guides
B. Academic Verbs
C. Linking Words and Phrases
D. Sample Proposals and Final Papers
E. New Yorkers’ Views on SUNY


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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. She teaches courses in academic writing and research methodology and is the developer of GRIPS’ Academic Writing Program and the GRIPS Test of Academic Writing. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in foreign language education and two graduate degrees in public administration and public management. She is a co-founder of the Writing Centers Association of Japan.

Affiliations and Expertise

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan