Social Networks and Financial Choices of Filipino Domestic Workers in Hong Kong
Project Description

This research project is at the intersection of development economics, finance and experimental economics. It aims to uncover whether and how, Filipino domestic workers’ social relationships affect their financial behaviour.

We will be building on work from the previous semester and analysing data, discussing hypotheses and possibly implementing new data collection exercises with migrant workers.

We aim to provide students with exposure both to the higher-level conceptualization and research design aspects of original research, and hands-on implementation experience.

Supervisor
VISARIA Sujata
Co-Supervisor
VISARIA Sujata
BHATTACHARYA Utpal
Quota
8
Course type
UROP1100
UROP2100
Applicant's Roles

UROP students will attend regular team meetings and work sessions with a faculty supervisor and a team of research assistants.

All work sessions will be interactive, with plenty of room for discussion, questions and comments.

We are looking for highly motivated students who are eager to learn, have good communication skills, and are willing to work hard. Students with a prior knowledge of economics will be at an advantage to begin with, but students without an economics background will be able to catch up very quickly.

Applicant's Learning Objectives

Students who participate in this project are expected to:
• Become aware of cutting-edge research questions in the field of development economics and the related academic literature
• Acquire knowledge about survey methodology, and lab-in-the-field experimental methodology
• Acquire in-person interview skills and attention to detail
• Gain an understanding of the creative research process from conceptualization to design to execution
• Learn how to clean, organize, tabulate data and detect patterns, and conduct preliminary analyses
• Improve their critical reasoning and communication skills
• Build their team work skills

Complexity of the project
Moderate