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Acabo de toparme con estos “tips para hacer propuestas de investigación” que escribí en mayo de 2006 para mis alumnos de economía política. Son notas al vuelo de una desvelada pero creo que publicarlos en el blog es un mejor lugar que tenerlos perdidos en mi disco duro.

SOME TIPS FOR WRITING RESEARCH PROPOSALS

I. Substance. 

Some questions your proposals need to answer one way or another:

  • Why is it important to study this broad phenomenon?
    Motivation.
  • Why focusing in your particular proxy (Municipios/Reformas/Controversias/Fallos?
    Justify your dependent variable.
  • Why Mexico/states/muncipios/corte/congreso? What is so special about the Mexican case? Why this sample period?
    Justify your case/sample/period selection.
  • What are the limitations of the current lit focusing on this or similar issues?
    Identify an opportunity area for research
  • What is the main question or questions you are trying to answer?
    Identify your hypothesis.
  • What does your project contribute?  How does it…

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