In the conflict between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but with perseverance!

Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?

A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that ... everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.

And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?
— Ira Glass


Jessica's syllabus



Department Style Guide



Examples from your peers

Katie Osborn ('16)'s proposal slides

Katie Osborn ('16) and Abby McLagan ('16)'s Methods Seminar Slides (with useful Stata Code!)



Chris Blattman's advice on how to email your professor, employer, and professional peers


Reading and Choosing a topic

David Weil's advice for graduate students

Demystifying Dissertation Writing


Models, METRICS, and Analysis

A Guide for the Young Economist

Mostly Harmless Econometrics

Mastering 'Metrics

Stata cheatsheets

Microeconometrics using Stata

UCLA's Stata resources

Princeton's Stata resources

Marc Bellamare's Hypothesis Testing in Theory and Practice (and really, all of his Metrics Monday posts)

The World Bank's Development Impact Blog's Curated List of Our Postings on Technical Topics – Your One-Stop Shop for Methodology



How to Write a Lot

How to Write it Up

Demystifying Dissertation Writing

Chris Blattman's advice on how to write an essay

Keith Head's Introduction Formula

My Generic Introduction Outline [Number of paragraphs]

  • This Topic is important. [0-2 paragraphs; sometimes combined with next]

  • Other literature didn't include This, That, and The Other. Later theoretical and empirical work confirm that This, That, and The Other are important. This example is good because of literature. [1-2]

  • I use Method X in country/dataset Y. I focus on This because of empirical and theoretical literature. Also, policy. [1]

  • Central premise/theory. Story example [0-1]

  • Description of formal model [0-1]

  • Details of Methodology. [0-3]

  • Preview of results [1]

  • More detail about most interesting result, with appeal to culture. [0-1]

  • Model that wraps it all up. [0-1]

  • Biggest robustness check [0-1]

  • Potential concerns [0-1]

  • Contribution 1 [0-1]

  • Contribution 2 [0-1]

  • Roadmap [0-1]

Marc Bellemare's Conclusion Formula

Plamen Nikolov's Writing Tips for Economics Research Papers




The Upside of Down


Secret Thoughts of Successful Women


ORganization and Productivity

The Pomodoro Technique