Tips for Journal Writing

The recruiting for the Winter Edition of the Canadian Student Economic Journal has already started, and CSBR is excited to produce another Edition in time for the December holidays! For those of you who are interested in writing for CSBR's Journal, or any other Economics Journal, we have a few helpful tips for writing published articles. 

Possible topics of interest: The Canadian elections recently passed, and Justin Trudeau has been elected as Prime Minister; a study of his economic plan could prove extremely insightful and helpful for Canadians since Trudeau's majority government means he will undoubtedly leave an impact on Canada's economic life. As the Presidential race in the United States unfolds, an interesting article could deal with analyzing the economic plans of the different presidential contenders from both the Republican and Democratic fields. In fact, the recent debates have highlighted potential weaknesses with the tax plans of certain candidates, and so looking at the merits of the various tax plans could be really cool! In keeping with the theme of American politics, many researchers have re-started studying the economic performance of democrats compared to republicans, and further analysis of such trends could also provide important information leading up to the elections.

Writing: Stay concise! Providing information and data is critical, but often times articles that are too verbose, or that have too much information, can seem overwhelming to readers. Remember relevance is an important part of every argument! For more on writing, check out this helpful article by Greg Mankiw: http://gregmankiw.blogspot.ca/2006/10/how-to-write-well.html . Another step that could prove very helpful in writing an article is performing a literature review - an overview of literature dealing with topics similar to your own.

Recommended Readings:

John Cochrane on Economic Growth: http://johnhcochrane.blogspot.ca/2015/10/economic-growth.html

Simon Wren-Lewis on whether the pound sterling is overvalued: http://mainlymacro.blogspot.ca/2015/10/is-sterling-overvalued.html

Krugman on Trudeau's economic plan: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/opinion/keynes-comes-to-canada.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fpaul-krugman&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=collection

Krugman on Energy: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/05/opinion/paul-krugman-enemies-of-the-sun.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fpaul-krugman&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=10&pgtype=collection

Kind regards,

The CSBR Team