Useful Tips On How To Format A Financial Economics Dissertation


Your financial economics dissertation will be one of the most important documents you will ever complete. It’s usually the last requirement before earning a master’s or doctoral degree in economics and is often the milestone that separates graduate study from your professional life. When you complete this assignment you want to be sure you format it correctly so that you don’t miss out on valuable points that can affect your overall grade. Here are some useful tips on how to format a dissertation in this field correctly:

  • Print and Copy Quality
  • Be sure you use standard white 8.5” x 11” paper. You should print out your paper using a high-quality and trustworthy printer that won’t leave any stains or blotches. Sufficient darkness is required to display figures and tables. Generally, you should always print material several days ahead of the due date to account for any problems you might run into.

  • Typeface and Font Size
  • Generally, you should select a highly legible typeface such as Calibri or Times New Roman and set to 12-point. In the case of figures or tables you can use a smaller font size, but it’s recommended you use nothing smaller than 10-point.

  • Margins and White Space
  • Set your margins for 1-inch all the way around. The only exceptions should be specific sections like the acknowledgments page, table of contents, list of figures, table, charts, etc. and the bibliography. Page numbers should be listed in the footer about three quarters of inch form the bottom of the page. Double space the entire documents and avoid leaving more than two inches of white space throughout.

  • Correct Order of Sections
  • By now you should have met with your graduate advisor several times along the process of writing your dissertation, so you should have a pretty good idea of the correct order for all of the sections included in your work. You can also check published works to use as samples. If no specific instructions are given by your advisor then follow this order: title page, copyright page, acknowledgements, table of contents, list of figures, tables, charts, etc., the main text, and the bibliography.

  • Bibliographic Citations
  • In a separate section at the end of your dissertation provide your bibliography, which is essentially a list of all the resources you used within your document. Arrange the citations in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. You should accurately state the name of the work, the publication information, and year of publication.

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