I am currently a senior in economics, and I have been pondering ideas for doing a research paper. Sometimes I go about thinking theory and trying to find applications I could apply it to empirically, sometimes I will look through datasets and see if anything interesting might come to mind, and sometimes I will just happen to think up something that could possibly be an interesting idea related to economics.
For the most part, I don't think any of the ideas I've come upon have much substance for a paper. I was wondering if anyone would happen to have any suggestions for the creative process of coming up with a topic? Considering it is undergraduate, I realize that it likely won't be anything too substantial or different than what has been studied in the field already, but I would like it to be atleast somewhat unique.
I have taken econometrics I and II, and I am leaning towards some type of research involving panel data as being the main possibility.