Excerpt from course description

Research Seminar in Economics


This course provides a venue in which to develop PhD students' presentation skills and to debate work in progress for PhD students in economics in the second year and above. The workshop emphasizes the development of dissertation proposals and is a place where students can present their research to an audience of dedicated and informed peers. Faculty members with research interests matching the topic of the presenters will also provide feedback both on presentation and substance.

Course content

This course runs in parallel with the University of Oslo course ECON9030 -- Research Seminar in Economics.

The course is a part of the Oslo PhD Initiative in Economics. It will run every semester. It has 60 minutes sessions held twice a month alternately at BI and on the University of Oslo campus that the  candidates are expected to participate in. PhD candidates from University of Oslo, Department of Economics will also attend these sessions together with one faculty member from University of Oslo, Drepartment of Economics. Baseline slots are 30 minutes long and one session will have 2 slots. One candidate can request to take both slots for presentation.

The candidate must present at least 2 times for a total of 2 hours. The first presentation must be before the pre-doc and be based on research in the early stages. This presentation could, for example, be based on a research idea that has not yet been spelled out in a paper. One of the candidate's presentations must be for one hour, after the candidate's pre-doc, at which time the candidate will present a polished paper (a practice job talk).

A candidate should sign up for the course when he/she is close to completing his/her dissertation and will reach the goals of (i) having participated in at least sixteen sessions and (ii) having met the presentation minimum described above. 

Junior visiting scholars may also give talks in this research seminar series.


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