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Journal of Economic Literature: Vol. 37 No. 1 (March 1999)

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The Young Person's Guide to Writing Economic Theory

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Thomson, William. 1999. "The Young Person's Guide to Writing Economic Theory." Journal of Economic Literature, 37(1): 157-183.

DOI: 10.1257/jel.37.1.157

Abstract

I formulate recommendations to young authors for writing economic theory well. I state general principles of good writing, and emphasize the role of the different components of a paper and the importance of the structure of one's work being clear. I explain how to choose notation and language, and how to present and illustrate proofs.

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Thomson, William (U Rochester)

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A10: General Economics: General
B41: Economic Methodology


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