Law & Economics (MSc) students follow a slightly different path compared to the other U.S.E.-students. This follows from the different programme they are engaged in. The focus with the L&E-programme is on the interaction of Law and Economics, and within this programme no time is available for any specific course on empirical economics research. The matching of students and supervisors therefore takes a different path.
In period 2 a meeting will be organised in which they will present interesting research topics of their expertise and possible research questions on the bordering fields of Law & Economics. It may also be the case that as a student you already have an interesting research topic or research question, and you may present this topic to the professor who is the expert in the field. He can advise you on how to structure your research proposal.
If the professor has agreed to supervise you, you should formulate the research question and research plan so that you can work on it and start making a complete research proposal. Usually the final research proposal consists of an introduction to the topic with the description of the scientific and social relevance of the proposal, leading up to the research question and a list of ancillary questions, such that answering those questions will in the end answer the central research question. The method you will use to finally answer the central research question is explained and justified. The proposal will include a draft table of contents, based on the list of ancillary questions, a list of literature and data you plan to use, and a planning of the research. The empirical part of your research could consist of a dataset you have available or have developed, court cases or other types of litigation you plan to use, legislation that is central to your analysis, and more.
After having completed the research proposal by the end of period three, in period 4 the actual research begins.
At the end of this period, theses need to be handed in digitally (by email) to the thesis supervisor. In case your supervisor requests a paper version, you may hand it in personally or leave it at the Student Information Desk Economics, who will then ensure the supervisor receives the thesis. The supervisor checks the thesis on plagiarism, grades it, and hands in the final version of the thesis and the evaluation form to the Student Information Desk.