Research Seminar "Research in Finance"
- The objective of this course is to help students prepare to write their master’s thesis.
- Students are able to plan and perform an independent research project.
- Students demonstrate deep knowledge and critical understanding of theories, principles, concepts and methodologies.
- Students are able to examine and critically appraise research methods and tools.
- Students are able to take the responsibility and persuade the audience in the efficiency and reasonability of your decisions. Students have to make a presentation of their PMT. In this presentation, students will have to justify their research question, their use of a given theory, their use of a given research method.
- Students demonstrate a range of generic skills including information and time management, team and project work, computing and autonomous learning, digital skills. Planning and beginning to perform a research project requires students to develop a research question, gather data, choose appropriate research methods, and analyze these data, among other tasks.
- Students demonstrate an innovative, open and ethical mindset. Planning and beginning to perform a research project requires an open and innovative mindset. For example, students have to develop a research question and identify the research method that is most appropriate for this research question.
- Term Paper: Rules, Deadlines, PlanHSE regulations for term papers. Term paper preparation steps. Scientific advisor. HSE research labs.
- Research Paper: OverviewResearch question. Main parts of a research paper. Working papers. Published articles. Scientific journals, rankings. Web of Science, Scopus.
- Research Project: How to start?Examples of “good” and “poor” research questions. How to start and look for an interesting topic for TP. Practical tips on writing a good research paper
- Reading ArticlesA week before this seminar you receive several articles for home reading. During this seminar we discuss the following questions: What is the main idea of the article? What is a data source? What is an observation unit? What kind of data is used (cross-sectional, time series, etc.)? How are dependent and independent variables measured? Why authors use control variables? What does robustness check mean? We also talk about contributions and how to organize discussion around results.
- Research Project: Choosing Appropriate Research Method.The choice of appropriate research methodology is one of the most difficult decisions. During this seminar we discuss the available research methodologies and the basis of selecting the most suitable. Based on your topics and research questions we try to make a choice of appropriate research methodology, sampling procedures and data collection techniques.
- Research Project: Data AnalysisWe enumerate all the rules and mistakes related to data collections and data analysis. We also see several presentations to discuss how to present data.
- Research Project: DiscussionWhen you work on your TP it is not enough to calculate or conclude. The most important part of the TP is Discussion. During this seminar we discuss how to organize it.
- Presentation of the PMT: examplesDuring this seminar you have an opportunity to show your draft of the TP and receive feedback from your colleagues. I expect you to use this opportunity. Feel free to present, to discuss, to ask any questions.
- Presentation of an article related to TP: exampleWe will show you how to present a research and how to choose what to show and what to highlight.
- Presentation of the TPSee related Task.
- Presentation of an article related to TPSee related Task
- Oral defense of the TPSee related Task
- Presentation of the Preliminary Master’s Thesis (PMT)It is assumed that at the beginning of the second quarter (October-November 2021) you start actively work on your Master Thesis. You should discuss the plan of your PMT with your scientific adviser. I expect you to present this plan as well as the PMT which should include: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses (d) Potential Data and Methodology (e) Timetable/Deadlines for your plan
- Presentation of an article related to PMTWhen you start working on your PMT you will definitely read a lot of articles related to the topic you have chosen. I expect you to present one. Please pay attention! The article should relate to your PMT. The presentation should include: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses tested (d) Data description (e) Methodology (f) Results (g) Discussion (h) Limitation (i) Conclusion
- Test based on an articleThree articles will be given in advance (2-3 weeks before test). You should carefully read all articles. Test is based on one article. It takes one hour (40 minutes). You can use the text of the article during the test. Be ready to answer several questions (see an example below).
- Presentation of another student’s PMTIt is assumed that you present the PMT of your classmate(s). Your interpretation of another student’s PMT might be helpful for your colleagues. Please be polite and show strengths and weaknesses! Make some suggestions. I expect you to present: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses (d) Data and Methodology (e) Suggestions
- Oral defense of the PMTThe presentation should include: (a) Title (b) Motivation (c) Research Question and/or Hypotheses tested (d) Data description (e) Methodology (f) Results (g) Discussion
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.2 * Oral defense of the PMT + 0.2 * Presentation of an article related to PMT + 0.2 * Presentation of another student’s PMT + 0.2 * Presentation of the Preliminary Master’s Thesis (PMT) + 0.2 * Test based on an article
- Kuada, J. E. (2012). Research Methodology : A Project Guide for University Students (Vol. 1st edition). Frederiksberg C [Denmark]: Samfundslitteratur Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=503632
- Axelrod, B. N., & Windell, J. (2012). Dissertation Solutions : A Concise Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Surviving the Dissertation Process. Lanham, Md: R&L Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=522053