What is a research gap?
     
A.

The Gap

     
1.
  It's what makes your manuscript publishable
2.
  It's missing element in the existing research literature
3.
  It's the gap that you fill with your research approach
   
B. A manuscript's introduction develops the Gap to show how the literature "leads to" your approach
     
1.
  A paragraph on the motivating issue
2.
  The gap (3 short paragraphs in 15 page paper)
  • Mixed previous empirical results (positive/negative; significant/insignificant)
  • Conflicts in theoretical approach
  • Conflict in empirical methods
  • Arbitrage between literatures
  • Complex ( Rausser and Small, 2000: limited previous results, conflicts, arbitrage)
4.
  Your approach to resolve mixed results, conflict, or arbritrage ( 2 short paragraphs)
5.
  Structure of presentation (1 very short paragraph)
     
C. Where do I start writing?
   
1.
  Write down my concluding point
2.
  Construct final tables/figurests
3.
  Write down my theoretical model/results
4.
  Build "B" above
5.
  Write, re-write, ..., and re-write
   
 
 
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