John Cochrane (one of the biggest names in Finance) has some excellent tips for graduate students on how to write a paper. Here are some of the best tidbits:
- Write out the one central, novel contribution of your paper - in one paragraph
- Write in "triangular" style - the main result first, followed by additional details
- Be concrete
- Don't put a literature review in your introduction. And when you do your lit reviews, make them brief - give enough info so that the reader can frame your paper among the 2 or 3 closest papers and see how it fits in.
- In the results section, start with the main result
- Document what you did and how you did it enough that someone else can replicate i
There's lots more. Click here for the entire thing.
HT: Newmark's Door.