The purpose of the research paper is to give the student an opportunity to pick a topic of interest, collect real-world data, and apply some regression methods. The following outline/sections should be in the paper:
I. Introduction and Objective
a. Statement ：What factors that affecting foodborne sickness in European Countries?
b. Brief review of relevant literature (3-4 key papers related to your topic) for context (simply find 3-4 relevant literature to talk about what factors affecting foodborne sickness)
II. Description of the regression model
a. What are the dependent and independent variables? (variables are in the Excel, y-variable is the sickness rate, others are x-variables)
b. What does theory/literature review say about the expected signs of the parameter estimates?
c. What is the specific hypothesis?
III. Data and methods
a. Describe the data sources
Links of my data: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1352352/
b. Present simple summary statistics of the data (use Stata)
c. Describe the analytic regression methods, including statistical tests and/or corrections the student has made to the model
a. Describe and interpret the results; what do they mean?
a. Discuss your findings in the context of your literature review. Are your results consistent or different? Why?
b. Discuss limitations of results. Are there issues with bias or efficiency?
c. What are the implications of the results for public policy?
A few things to be mindful of:
Length: this should be a short paper, approximately 15-20 pages of 1.5 spaced pages (excluding tables, graphs, bibliography). The student should integrate the tables/graphs into the text as it makes the paper easier to read, rather than flipping back and forth to appendices