Coordinators  Gustavo Bobonis  and Carolyn Pitchik



  1. Please check the schedule linked below to confirm your presentation/discussion dates.  Dates are subject to change so you should be prepared to present your paper anytime after the second class.
  2. It is your sole responsibility to provide copies of the paper to your discussants.  They should receive at least a preliminary version of your paper no later than one month in advance of your presentation. 
  3. Please post a copy of your paper 2 weeks prior to your talk (this would be a good time to set up a personal website if you have not already done so). You can also update the paper you have posted if you make revisions. Your paper should be posted in pdf format only (see below on tips for producing pdf documents). To download a free pdf reader, click on the following link for the Adobe website and follow the instructions for downloading Acrobat Reader.
  4. Please see the course outline (linked below) for specific requirements and deadlines.
  5. When you present, it is your responsibility to load your slides onto the computer in Max Gluskin 106 and to make sure that the projector is warmed up and properly connected before the class starts.



Schedule and Papers 2011-2012

Papers should be posted two weeks prior to the seminar.  Send us an email with the URL for the paper and we’ll make the link.


 Course Outline (requirements and deadlines)


Rules for the second-year paper (requirements, deadlines and consequences)


Second year Paper Agreement


University of Toronto Policies on Academic Misconduct


University of Toronto Policies on Candidacy, Good Standing, and Maximum Time to complete a Ph.D.



Course Links


1.     Links to 2010-2011 papers

2.     Links to 2009-2010 papers

3.     Links to 2008-2009 papers

4.     Links to 2007-2008 papers

5.     Links to 2006-2007 papers

6.     Links to 2005-2006 papers

7.     Links to 2004-2005 papers

8.     Links to 2003-2004 papers

9.     Locate Faculty in a Research Area (use “Restrict to” to select a group)

10.   Tips for Seminar Participants

11.   Tips for Second Year Paper Authors

12.   Tips for Seminar Presenters        

13.   More Tips for Seminar Presenters (by Junichi Suzuki)

14.   Tips for Discussants

15.   What’s expected in your literature review presentation?

16.   What’s expected in your paper proposal?

17.   A Guide (and Advice) for Economists on the U. S. Junior Academic Job Market (Cawley 2008); see also Survey of Mkt for  New PhDs


Related Links


18.   Writing Resources at UofT

19.   Free Writing Resources for Graduate Students at U of T

20.   Tips for SSHRC and OGS Grant Applicants

21.   SGS Brochure on Graduate Supervision Guidelines

22.   Improving your English communication skills

23.   D. McCloskey’s Economical Writing

24.   Diane Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference

25.   Joseph Williams’ Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace

26.   William Strunk and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style

27.   Seven deadly speaking sins 

28.   John Cochrane's Phd paper writing tips

29.   John Creedy’s A Ph.D. Thesis Without Tears

30.   John Creedy’s Starting Research Australian Economic Review, vol 34, 116-124

31.   John Creedy’s Research without Tears: From the First Ideas to Published Output, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008

32.   Don Davis’ Ph.D. Research Where Do I Start?

33.   Steve Pishke’s Resources for Ph.D. Students

34.   William Thompson’s A Guide for the Young Economist

35.   Hal Varian’s How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time 
(via JSTOR) essay for Passion and Craft: Economists at Work, edited by Michael Szenberg

36.   Ariel Rubinstein’s Experienced advice for “lost” graduate students in Economics

37.   Dan Hammermesh, ``TheYoung Economist's Guide to Professional Etiquette’’ JEP (Winter 1992): 169-179

38.   Dan Hammermesh, ``Professional Etiquette for the Mature Economist’’ AER (May 1993):34-38