The main objective is to offer students an exposure to current economic research by invited scholars. Master students are invited to actively participate at guest lectures and seminars. These seminars are open to Master students in Economic Policy (and Economisch Beleid) as well as to PhD- students and to researchers of the Faculty of Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp. The topics selected for presentation are a balanced mixture between applied, theoretical, methodological, as well as empirical economic research.
Each student participates at seminars and conferences organised by the Faculty of Applied Economics of the Antwerp University during the academic year. Externally organised academic events (NBB, European Commission, Financial Forum, …) can be accepted by the supervisors. The assignment is twofold:
1. Referee assignments
Each student will have to write a referee report (3 to 5 pages) based on the paper and the presentation of at least 5 seminars/lectures. The objective is to collect a portfolio of papers varying over topic and methodology.
2. Research report
Each student selects one topic for further discussion and/or research design. Students are required to write one research report (circa 15 pages) with own qualitative and/or quantitative research. Moreover, each student will present the research report to the supervisors and the fellow students at the end of the second semester. After each presentation, a discussion will be held. Each student will act as a discussant of a paper of a fellow student.
Students are required to participate at the regular meetings organised by the academic staff of the Graduate Seminar in Economics. During these meetings progress reports and feedback on students’activities will be monitored.