Your major work in this course consists of conducting an empirical research stud
Your major work in this course consists of conducting an empirical research study on one of the following general themes using data from the 2016 Census Public Use Microdata File (2016 PUMF): The Indigenous population of Canada; Racism and its impacts on Canadian society; and Commuting patterns in Canada. This project is to be completed in three phases, each of which corresponds to one of the three assignments for this course.
The goals of the first assignment, the first phase of the project, are to develop the research question (or questions) that will be addressed in the final paper and to begin to explore the variables in the assigned data set: the 2016 Census PUMF produced by Statistics Canada. The data and the accompanying documentation are available on the Brightspace site for the course. Students are expected to do a full literature review of a minimum of 8 peer reviewed publications (excluding the assigned texts for the course) in conducting this analysis.
Decide on a research topic (theme) and conduct a literature review on this topic.
Develop the research question or questions that will form the basis of the analysis that will be conducted for the final paper. Also develop the hypothesis or hypotheses that will be tested.
Begin to explore the dependent variable and key independent variables that you will use in your analysis. You must have a minimum of 4 independent variables (excluding any dummy variables you create). Use the literature as a primary source to justify the selection of the variables. For example, if your research question involves the analysis of factors that contribute to higher income, it is likely that the literature will indicate that age and education are important factors to consider. Therefore, they should be included in the analysis and the references must indicate the sources in the literature that justify the selection of these characteristics.
Indicate how each variable is operationalised. For example, are you simplifying the education variable by aggregating categories in order to render the analysis more meaningful?
Describe the population of interest using the characteristics that you are using in the analysis (based on the results of point 3 above). This stage of the project may require that you describe subsets of the population of interest separately. For example, you may describe the distribution of education separately for women and for men. Also indicate whether you are you limiting the analysis to a particular subset of the population such as employed workers between the ages of 21 and 64.
Write the first draft of the literature review and descriptive analysis sections of your final paper. Please describe the various measures that you used in conducting the analysis, including why you selected the particular measures. Examples of the measures include frequency distributions and measures of central tendency.
Your assignment should not exceed 12 double-spaced pages (excluding the title page, table of contents and appendices). Please show your syntax in an appendix. The assignment will be graded using the following scale:
Correct STATA syntax = 3 points
Presentation of results (statistics and graphics) = 5 points
Overall write-up = 12 points
Remember to include appropriate references to the literature for your research question (3 points), an interpretation of the results in your own words (7 points) and proper grammar and spelling (2 points).