How to Write about Economics and Public Policy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128130100

How to Write 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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How to Write about Economics and Public Policy teaches skills in critical thinking, critical reading, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation needed by researchers.  Its wide range of topics guides students as they develop quantitative, qualitative, and even non-empirical papers, and its hundreds of annotated examples help them enhance their prose.  Encompassing international economics, micro- and macroeconomics, labor economics, development economics, and security studies, How to Write about Economics and Public Policy  deliberately appeals to students and professionals with various cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds.  Its skills are critical to informing and persuading, and their mastery helps students become better writers and better leaders.

Key Features

  • Teaches students how to translate 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
  • Contains 4-10 exercises per chapter to give students an opportunity to practice key points explained in the book
  • Features PowerPoint slides to summarize key points in 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 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