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Tips for Presenting a Paper


Clearly state:

  • what is the question? (this should be one of your first slides)
  • how is it approached?
  • why is the approach reasonable?
  • what are the findings?
  • how does the paper change the way I think about economics? (due to Lee Ohanian).

After the intro, people must have the paper's main message firmly in their minds.


Don't put too much on a slide. The Pat Kehoe test is useful: drop the slide on the floor; can you still read everything?

Every slides must have a point. It must state its point clearly.

You should have no more than 30 slides for a 90 minute presentation, unless there is very little on each slide.