This seminar and paper course is on empirical macroeconomics. The topics are wide open and I have suggestions as to where you might start the research. All topics must have clearance with me before proceeding. I expect students to have some original empirical work in their paper beyond graphs. This could be as simple as hypothesis tests on means or regression analysis that you studied in introductory econometrics. Students can use whatever software they are most familiar with (Stata or Excel, for example). I will be able to provide assistance in this regard via Stata or some other software.  You will be responsible for getting electronic data and downloading into a program for analysis to support your paper.