Part 1 : Refereeing economic research
The main objective of this part of the Graduate seminar in economics is to expose students to current economic research by invited scholars. Master students are invited to participate actively in guest lectures and seminars. These seminars are open to Master students of Economic Policy (and the Dutch-taught equivalent, Economisch Beleid) as well as to PhD students and researchers of the Faculty of Ec onomics and Business at the University of Antwerp. The topics selected for presentation are drawn from a balanced mix of applied, theoretical, methodological and empirical economic research.
Each student participates in seminars and conferences organised by the Faculty of Ec onomics and Businesss throughout the academic year. Externally organised academic events (NBB, European Commission, Financial Forum, etc.) may also be accepted by the supervisors.
Assingment: each student writes a referee report (3–5 pages) based on the papers and presentations of three seminars. The objective is to put together a portfolio of attended seminars on a range of topics and methodologies.
Part2 : Research report
Each student selects one topic to develop his/her own research. Students are required to write a research report (approx. 15-20 pages) including their own qualitative and/or quantitative research. Students present their research reports to their supervisors and fellow students at the end of the second semester. Each presentation is followed by a discussion. Each student serves as a discussant for a paper written by a fellow student.