Coordinators Loren Brandt  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 2017-2018

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.


University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies: Information on Finding a Graduate Supervisor


University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies: Supervision Guidelines



Course Links


1.       For links to current and previous ECO 4060 papers please go the Course Materials section of the course Blackboard page

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

3.       Tips for Seminar Participants

4.       Tips for Second Year Paper Authors

5.      Simon Board's Tips for Writing Economics Theory

6.      Tips for Seminar Presenters        

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

8.       Tips for Discussants

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

10.   What’s expected in your paper proposal?

11.   A Guide (and Advice) for Economists on the U. S. Junior Academic Job Market (Cawley 2008)

12.   Interview Scheduling Strategies for New Ph.D. Economists on the Junior Academic Job Market (List 2000)


Related Links and Suggested publications


1.      Writing Resources at U of T

2.      Graduate Centre for Academic Communication at U of T

3.      Free Current Non-credit Writing Courses at U of T

4.      Click Pre1/2 in Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas

5.      Click Th1/2 in Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Divisions 1 and2)

6.      Click AW1, AW2, AW3, Academic Writing for Non-native English Speakers

7.       The Purdue Owl: The Writing Process

8.       Tips for SSHRC and OGS Grant Applicants

9.      Improving your English communication skills

10.  Claire Kehrwalk Cook's Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing

11.  D. McCloskey: Economical Writing

12.  Diane Hacker: A Writer's Reference

13.  Joseph Williams: Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace

14.  Seven deadly speaking sins

15.  John Cochrane Phd paper writing tips

16.  William Strunk and E.B. White: The Elements of Style

17.  John Creedy A Ph.D. Thesis Without Tears

18.  John Creedy "Starting Research" Australian Economic Review vol 34, 116-124

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

20.  Don Davis: Ph.D. Research: Where do I Start

21.  Steve Pishke: Resources for Ph.D. Students

22.  William Thompson: A Guide for the Young Economist. MIT press

23.  Hal Varian: How to Build and Economic Model in Your Spare Time

24.  Don Davis: Ph.D. Research: Where do I Start

25.  Ariel Rubinstein: Experienced advice for "lost" graduate students in Economics

26.  Dan Hammermesh: "The Young Economist's Guide to Professional Etiquette" JEP (Winter 1992): 169-179

27.  Dan Hammermesh: "Professional Etiquette for the Mature Economist" AER (May 1993): 34-38

28.  Avinash Dixit: My System of Work, Not The American Economist (1994)

29.  J.E. Littlewood, The Mathematician’s Art of Work, Rockefeller University Review, 1967, reprinted in Littlewood’s Miscellany, ed. Bela Bollobas, Cambridge University Press, 1986

30.  Simon Singh: Fermat's engima, the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem