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A Guide for the Young Economist [NOOK Book]

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This book is an invaluable guide for young economists working on their dissertations, preparing their first articles for submission to professional journals, getting ready for their first presentations at conferences and job seminars, or facing their first refereeing assignments. In clear, concise language--a model for what he advocates--William Thomson shows how to make written and oral presentations both inviting and efficient. Thomson covers the basics of clear exposition, including such nuts-and-bolts topics...
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A Guide for the Young Economist

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Overview


This book is an invaluable guide for young economists working on their dissertations, preparing their first articles for submission to professional journals, getting ready for their first presentations at conferences and job seminars, or facing their first refereeing assignments. In clear, concise language--a model for what he advocates--William Thomson shows how to make written and oral presentations both inviting and efficient. Thomson covers the basics of clear exposition, including such nuts-and-bolts topics as titling papers, writing abstracts, presenting research results, and holding an audience's attention.
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"This slim volume, by University of Rochester economics professor William Thomson, deserves a place on the bookshelf next to classics such as Strunk and White's The Elements of Style and Kernighan and Plauger's The Elements of Programming Style. Like those classics, it is clear and direct, focused and well-written...Thomson's advice is breathtakingly sensible" Ed Blachman Tekka
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262264907
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 583,971
  • File size: 919 KB

Meet the Author

William Thomson is Elmer B. Milliman Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Writing Papers 1
1 General Principles 2
2 Notation 7
3 Definitions 17
4 Models 36
5 Theorems and Proofs 49
6 Use Pictures 61
7 Conclusion 66
8 Related Literature 68
Ch. 2 Giving Talks 71
1 How Is an Oral Presentation Different from a Paper? How Is It the Same? 71
2 Preparing Yourself 75
3 Facing the Audience 78
4 Interacting with the Audience 84
5 Transparencies 86
6 Proofs? 95
7 Writing on the Board 97
8 Conclusion 101
Ch. 3 Writing Referee Reports 103
1 Components of a Report 103
2 Distinguish between Nonnegotiable Requests and Suggestions for Changes 108
3 Evaluating Revisions 109
4 Length and Style of the Report 110
5 The Cover Letter 110
6 General Recommendations 111
7 Deciding Whether to Accept a Refereeing Job 114
8 Benefits to You of Your Refereeing Work 117
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