Take a look back through the technical economics journal literature since, say, 1990. Browse through the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and anything else you find interesting. Find an interesting macroeconomic use of data: a paper that uses quantitative information about the world in a way that changes your mind, or that in your view ought to change other people's minds on some issue.
Find an interesting use of data--one that makes you sit up, that tells you something you had not known before, that pushes the boundary (in some way) of the envelope of how we use data to make inferences about macroeconomics.
Do not use a paper that has been assigned for this (or some other) class.
Write two pages double-spaced or one page single-spaced (roughly 400 words or so) on the use of data that you have found. Explain:
- What question the use of data was meant to answer.
- What the use of data is.
- What you learned.
- Why the use of data was convincing to you, and should be convincing to others
- Why the issue addressed was especially interesting.
- Why this use of data was especially interesting.
Be prepared to talk about the use of data that you found in class on Thursday, March 19 for two to five minutes (though only perhaps a quarter of people will be able to do so).
Deliver your two pages to my mailbox in the main lounge by noon on Wednesday, March 18.