Job Talks: 1-sentence answers you need

Job Talks: 1-sentence answers you need

Because someone is bound to ask...

And why 1-sentence answers?  Because, why not?

 

  • What is the single most significant contribution of this paper?
  • What abstractions/assumptions are crucial to your results?
  • Why are these reasonable?
  • What assumptions would we have to make to get the opposite result?
  • What is your empirical/identification strategy?
  • Why is this a valid instrument?
  • Why is this economics?
  • How does your paper differ from XYZ?  How is it similar?
  • If this is so important, why has nobody done it yet?
  • Why do we need a model/theory/empirical test about...(whatever your paper does)...?
  • Isn't this obvious?
  • Isn't this trivial?
  • What is the economic significance of your results?
  • Why isn't _X_ in your model? (where X is anything the listener wants to hear about)
  • Why is this an interesting question?
  • How is your paper useful to ....(other fields, policy, any other group the listener wants to hear about)...?
  • Why did you choose this institutional context?
  • How does your work apply to other contexts?

 

Even if, at first, you find that answering requires several sentences, work to distill your ideas into a concise point.  We've seen, in our courses, that the process often reveals valuable insights, so it's worth doing.  You might be pleasantly surprised by what you discover!  

 

 

 

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