Seminar tips

  1. What makes for a successful paper and seminar? Don Davis

  2. Writing Tips for PhD Students (see the part on seminars), John Cochrane

  3. How to Give an Applied Micro Talk, Jesse Shapiro

  4. Public Speaking for Academic Economists, Rachael Meager

  5. 22 Tips for Conference and Seminar Presentations, Marc Bellemare

  6. LSE PhD Seminar Guidelines  

  7. On seminars, Bruce Hansen

  8. How to give a lunch talk, Adam Guren

  9. On slides, Bruce Hansen

  10. Beamer tips, Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham

  11. Better Presentations, Jonathan Schwabish

Discussant tips

  1.  The Discussant’s Art, Chris Blattman

  2. How to critique, Macartan Humphreys

  3. Guidelines for Referee Reports, Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet

Refereeing tips (discussant tips are also relevant here)

  1. How to Write an Effective Referee Report and Improve the Scientific Review Process

  2. A checklist manifesto for peer review, Brendan Nyhan

  3. How much to referee and how to do it, David McKenzie

  4. Read bad papers, Marc Bellemare

  5. 20 Rules for Refereeing, Marc Bellemare

  6. On commenting on others’ writing, David Eil

On figures for presentations and papers

  1. Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham has put together a helpful collection of nice figures you may draw inspiration from:

  2. An Economist’s Guide to Visualizing Data, Jonathan Schwabish

  3. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edwards Tufte

  4. Fundamentals of Data Visualization, Claus Wilke

  5. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction, Kieran Healy

On writing your PhD papers

  1. If you are anything like me, read “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” (ht: Jonathan Dingel for this piece, via his own page) and quarantine your writing and coding time. Allow for deep dives. Schedule meetings and busywork at your least productive time

  2. Ten Rules, Claudia Goldin and Larry Katz

  3. Writing Tips for PhD Students, John Cochrane

  4. The Determinants of… How Not to Do Social Science, Marc Bellemare

  5. Steve Redding’s page for trade PhD students is great. Take special note of the field-specific topics, methods, and overall look of top job market papers in your field over time in order to calibrate your expectations. The evolution of the NBER Summer Institute topics in your field are also helpful in this regard; you want to be working on the “next” thing.

  6. Ten Commandments for Regression Tables, Keith Head

  7. How to write, Macartan Humphreys

  8. On writing, David Eil

  9. Cite Intelligently, Marc Bellemare

  10. Introduction formula, Keith Head

  11. Conclusion formula, Marc Bellemare

  12. Middle bits, Marc Bellemare

On publishing

  1. Practical Tips for Writing and Publishing Applied Economics Papers, Beatty and Shimshack

  2. How to Publish in Academic Journals, Marc Bellemare (2017) (2014)

  3. Interview with QJE editors

  4. Interview with 2012 WBER editors

Getting started on empirical work

  1. Code and Data for the Social Sciences, Gentzkow and Shapiro

  2. Good enough practices in scientific computing

  3. Stata Cheat Sheets

  4. Programming with Stata

  5. GIS Analysis for Applied Economists, Melissa Dell

  6. GIS for economists, Masayuki Kudamatu

  7. The Analysis of Household Surveys, Angus Deaton

  8. Curated measurement and survey topics, Development Impact Blog

  9. The Mixtape, Scott Cunningham (best introduction to causal inference)

  10. Curated methods links, Development Impact Blog

  11. EGAP Methods Guides (handy set of tips on a range of applied topics)

  12. R for Data Science, Hadley Wickham (best introduction to R, if you really must)