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  1. 1. Economics Research Paper and Final Exam Project Now that you have acquired some knowledge about Economics, it is time to put your new skills and understandings to good use. Controversial problems and issues abound in the world today and nearly all of them may be understood in economic terms. Choose a topic of interest to you, research it well and create a short report summarizing your findings or a short essay recommending how a problem might be solved. Either way, you should demonstrate economic thinking in your paper through the use of concepts you have learned in class (such as: Cost/benefit analysis, marginal utility, opportunity cost, shifts in supply and demand, market price, economies of scale, predicting changes in price, market structures, etc.). You may not choose a topic that is similar to your first project. Possible topics:  State college funding  Immigration (in the U.S. or elsewhere)  Minimum wage debate  Homelessness (Colorado or U.S. or elsewhere)  The world market for oil (predictions of future price? Where does the U. S. get oil?)  Alternative energy sources (hybrid cars? Alternative energy sources?)  Poverty (local or global)  The Millennium Project (project to reduce world poverty 50% by 2015)  Sports (Pro., college, or high school, player endorsements, football contracts, salaries of stars vs. average starter salary, steroid use and penalties, Title IX)  Corporate mergers  Music industry vs. file sharing (copyright issues)  Media markets (radio stations and newspapers and television stations all owned by the same company)  Cable television/ Dish networks/ Digital television  Radio stations (Denver market/ XM/ Clear channel)  Labor unions and strikes  Pharmaceutical companies—Prices of medications  Sweatshops  Corrupt CEO’s and new laws to stop them  International trade: helpful or harmful?  Consumer debt in the U. S.  U.S. trade deficit  U.S. debt  College tuition increases  The World Trade Organization  The International Monetary Fund  The future of China  The future of India  Lawsuits against tobacco companies  Economic effects of war with Iraq  The European Union (new admissions? Does anyone want to join?)  Soft drink companies (contracts with school districts)  Advertising techniques  Internet commerce (taxes?)  Monopolies (Microsoft?)  Unemployment  NAFTA  Airline industry  Tourism and travel  Arts funding
  2. 2. Resources Library databases hold many full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. Databases may be accessed from your home computer through the Jefferson County Public Library homepage Click on “Research Tools” and then “newspapers and magazines.” (EBSCOhost- Academic Search Premiere and GaleNet are good places to start). Look for articles in periodicals such as The Economist and economic journals. •Bureau of Economic Analysis o • o •Fedstats o •U. S. Dept. of the Census o •U. S. Department of Commerce o •The Library of Economics and Liberty o •CNN o www.cnn/ o •Statistical Abstract of the United States (found in any library or online)
  3. 3. Tips for writing an excellent paper Never use first or second person. Third person only. (do not use “I” or “we”) • Cite all information that is not common knowledge using parenthetical citation. This • includes facts that you use in your paper, but are not direct quotes. This also includes the opinions of experts. • Be as clear as possible. Do not leave the reader confused. • Stay on topic (a good outline will help with this) Pretend your reader knows nothing about the topic you are writing about (do not • leave out any important details/ do not assume I know what you mean—make it so clear that no one could misinterpret your paper) Make sure you identify exactly who and what you are writing about. Avoid using • pronouns such as “they” and “them” • Do not use contractions (write “can not” rather than “can’t”) • Plan out your work • Proofread your paper Have someone else proofread your paper, is it clear to someone unfamiliar with • the topic? • Review the rubric • Proofread your paper again Examples of correct use of economic terminology: From a paper on female garment workers in Bangladesh: In Bangladesh, female garment workers are the primary wage earners in many households (Hewett 7). Because time spent working is time that cannot be spent in school, education often becomes the opportunity cost these young women pay in order to work. From a paper on the New York Newsboy’s Strike of 1899: The owners of the two newspapers knew that consumer demand for the newspapers was elastic and, therefore, neither company could raise newspaper prices without losing demand. However, the owners believed that the demand for newspapers by newsboys who sold papers on the street was inelastic. The owners raised the price newsboys paid for the papers to $.60 per paper from the previous $.50 per paper expecting the newsboys to continue purchasing the papers just the same (Gambol 14). From a paper on sweatshops: One major cost of producing clothing is labor. Therefore, companies that can minimize the cost of labor in their factories will have lower marginal costs for each item produced. From a paper on the airline industry: Economies of scale exist in the airline industry because it costs the airline very little to add one more passenger to a plane. Therefore, the airline has an incentive to offer reduced price tickets very near the time of departure. Airlines would gladly accept even a small amount of marginal revenue from another ticket sale in exchange for an empty seat. Use in-text citation See me if you have questions or need help
  4. 4. Report Criteria 5 3 1 Weight The paper is clear and Development is basic or The paper has no clear X6 Content and focused. Main ideas are general. Support is sense of purpose. (30 points Support clear and well supported attempted, but doesn’t go Information is limited or possible) with relevant facts. far enough to show strong unclear or main ideas Subject is well researched. sense of purpose. Main may be difficult to find. Relevant information and ideas are reasonably The text may read like quality details give the clear, though they may not a collection of reader important be detailed or expanded disconnected, random information that goes enough to show strong thoughts with no beyond the obvious or purpose. More research discernable point. predictable and leaves the may be needed or the Works cited page reader with few questions. reader may be left with includes fewer than two Works cited page includes many questions. Works sources. at least five sources. One cited page includes at source must be a book, 3 least three sources. sources must be articles from a newspaper or magazine. Student utilizes economic Student attempts to use Economic reasoning, X8 Economic reasoning throughout the economic reasoning terms and concepts are (40 points Reasoning paper. Many applicable throughout the paper. absent from the paper possible) economic terms and Economic terms and or the paper shows concepts are used to fully concepts are mentioned, little evidence of explain the topic through an but fail to fully explain the economic reasoning. economic perspective. topic through an economic perspective. Student cites all quotes and Student cites all quotes Student fails to cite X2 In-Text Citation facts that are not common and facts that are not quotes and facts that (10 points and Works knowledge using in-text common knowledge using are not common possible) Cited Page citation. in-text citation. Works knowledge using in-text Works cited page is free of cited page is generally free citation. Works cited error. of error. page contains many errors. Student incorporates Student incorporates data Student includes no X2 Visual Aids relevant data in the form of in the form of charts, data in the form of (10 points Graphs or Data charts, graphs, or tables graphs, or tables into the charts, graphs, or possible) into the paper. The visuals paper, but the data may tables into the paper. enhance and support the not be particularly relevant content of the paper. to the topic. No more than one error in No more than three errors More than three errors X1 Conventions spelling, punctuation, in spelling, punctuation, in spelling, punctuation, (5 points capitalization, grammar, capitalization, grammar, capitalization, possible) usage, or paragraphing usage, or paragraphing grammar, usage, or occurs in the paper. occur in the paper. paragraphing occur in the paper. __Normal (1-1.5” ) margins Problems exist with cover Problems exist with X1 Presentation __Font is always Times page, margins, font, or cover page, margins, (5 points New Roman 12 point, overall neatness and font, or overall possible) __ 4-5 pages, double- presentation. neatness and spaced presentation. Total = 100 points