Real Estate Economics and Finance Research Project


Course Objective

This project offers you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and
skills obtained in the earlier courses of the minor Real Estate
Economics and Finance on a topic that you find interesting and
important. This will make the material come even further alive. The
project also helps you to further develop your research skills (making a
good research question, choosing your method, literature review,
analysis, and drawing conclusions), which are important skills for your
future job, for an internship and for your bachelor thesis.

Course Content

In this course you will identify a relevant research topic in real
estate economics and finance, write a paper about it and present your
results. The research topic must be in the field of real estate
economics and finance, broadly defined so as to include urban economics,
spatial planning and behavioural economics aspects of real estate
markets. The topic can be in any type of real estate including that used
for commercial and non-profit purposes, land and infrastructure. The
choice of the topic can be based on current new items, large societal
problems, a specific interest of yourself, et cetera. The earlier
courses in the minor may also provide inspiration. Further to help you a
list with potentially interesting topics will be provided. After having
received approval of the chosen topic, you have to formulate the main
research question and formulate a research strategy to find the answer.
This can be a review of existing literature, but doing some research
yourself is encouraged. This may involve the use of techniques like
regression analysis, questionnaires, and interviews.

Teaching Methods

An introductory meeting will be organized by the end of November. In
December you have to register as a group or as a single student. The
maximum group size is three students. Those registering as single
students on related topics will be asked to make a group. By the end of
the month students should have received approval for their chosen topic.

You will be appointed a supervisor who will advise you. There will be
three tutorials, where groups present their progress and provide
constructive feedback on each other. In the first week of January,
groups present their research proposal. In the third week they report on
the progress made. In the final week of the course results will be
presented. For each meeting, each group will also give feedback on one
other group’s work to help them improve their work. This will result in
a ‘referee report’ for another group that will be graded.

Method of Assessment

Paper (75%), final presentation (20%) and referee report (5%). All
grades are group grades.

Entry Requirements

Participation in the other courses within the track.


Course manual, lecture sheets, literature on your topic to be
independently found.

Recommended background knowledge

Understanding of (Quantitative) Research Methods (e.g. from Quantitative
Research Methods I and II or Statistiek en data-analyse) and of Academic

General Information

Course Code E_EBE3_REEFR
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
Examiner prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
Teaching Staff prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
dr. V.A.C. van den Berg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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