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45001-01 - Seminar: Business, Law and Economic Policy 6 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster Jahreskurs
Dozierende Jeffrey Macher (jeffrey.macher@unibas.ch)
Rolf Weder (rolf.weder@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course is considered to be a highlight of the Summer School of Law, Business and Economic Policy, in particular, and of the MSc in Business and Economics, in general.

The target is to give master students an opportunity to write an own paper in English (that may be considered to be a first step towards the master’s thesis), to present the conclusions to an international audience of researchers at Georgetown University and New York University and discuss the results

This mini conference allows to establish contacts with professors and students at Georgetown University and New York University and is also embedded in a program that includes visits to and discussions with high-level representatives of well-known institutions in Washington DC (e.g., IMF, Worldbank, Peterson Institute, Cato Institute, Department of Justice, Swiss Embassy) and possibly in New York (UN).

Part of the students’ expenses will be covered. There is an award to be given for the best performance in the seminar.
Lernziele Students will deepen their knowledge in:

1. Writing an original scientific paper on an interesting topic that may serve as a first step to a Master's thesis.

2. Presenting the most important findings to a demanding audience in English in the U.S.

3. Getting to know a number of well-established institutions such as the Worldbank from the inside and being able to ask good questions and discuss critical issues with high-level representatives.

4. Developing a network with professors of the partner universities as well as with representatives of the institutions to be visited. This may be helpful for the individual careers particularly in terms of internships, Master theses or PhDs as experience shows.
Literatur Students will identify the relevant literature under the supervisions of Prof. Rolf Weder (University of Basel) and Prof. Jeffrey Macher (Georgetown University). A good starting point is always that literature which students have been facing throughout their intensive studies in the Master (or Bachelor) programme.
Bemerkungen We recommend to those students whose research project has been accepted to use the time to also discuss the topics with the professors engaged in the Summer School, teaching at the University of Basel in July and August.

Furthermore, we encourage the students getting in touch with a member of the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel in order to investigate whether the research project has the potential for a master thesis at a later stage. This can be done at any stage of the colloquium.

Note that some students may get a chance to write their master thesis under the co-supervision by a professor from Georgetown University or New York University, depending on their performance in the seminar.

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Teilnahmebedingungen Students have to be enrolled in a master program offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel (exceptions are possible, for example for PhD students).

Enrollment is necessary in the fall semester (writing the paper) and the spring semester (presentation and visits to the institutions).

Past enrollment in a course at the Summer School of Law, Business and Economic Policy at the WW-Faculty of the University of Basel is an asset, but not mandatory to be accepted to the seminar.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please submit a research proposal (3-4 pages) until 5 July 2021 in which you explain your idea, the main research question and how you intend to answer the question. You should mention a possible theory that may help to find an answer and describe the empirical analysis (do you intend to do a case study or do you want to analyze data you have identified?). Name three to four important pieces of the literature that is relevant to your research.
Attractive topics, for example, include a comparison of regulations, policies or institutions (in the USA, Europe, Switzerland). They may integrate business and economic aspects or be based in the area of law and economics. We are very open regarding the topics, but reward quality and originality. For examples, see also the list of accepted topics of former seminars.

You will be informed by mid-July 2021 (for late applications afterwards), whether you are accepted to the master seminar. A maximum of 20 students will be admitted to the seminar.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 01.08.2021 – 24.12.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

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Module Modul: Preparation Master's Thesis in Economics and Public Policy (Masterstudium: Economics and Public Policy)
Modul: Research Design in Business and Economics (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Modul: Research Design in International Trade, Growth and the Environment (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Modul: Seminararbeiten (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2021))
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Handel und Unternehmen in der Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Regional Integration and Global Flows (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Seminarleistung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Individual Zoom meetings with Prof. Weder (approx. 30 minutes) are planned for August 2021, when students discuss feedback to the proposal and the current stage of their seminar paper.

A first meeting of the seminar group will take place in October. Students present their current work (5-10 minutes each, including feedback). In addition, organizational questions will be adressed.
Students have to hand in their complete seminar paper by 30 November 2021, 12:00 (noon).

Students present their research findings in a seminar setting at Georgetown University or the New York University at the beginning of the spring term (6 to 15 February 2022).

Students have to be present and active in all sessions and visits to the institutions (think tanks and international organizations)

Students' papers will be graded jointly by Prof. Weder and Prof. Macher with support from discussants at Georgetown University and New York University

The final grade is based on the following weights:
- seminar paper: 60%
- presentation: 30%
- discussion as well as the overall contribution in the seminar and the visits to the institutions: 10%.

An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An- und Abmelden: Fakultät
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ