You will be required to follow the current status of a macroeconomic issue this semester using articles from the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, or other news sources. I am pretty flexible as to news sources, but feel free to ask my opinion on articles you are considering using. You will need to find at least 3 articles pertaining to your topic from July 1 to the paper’s due date. The issue that you follow, and the corresponding articles, should be based on one of the following general topics: Unemployment Inflation GDP Business cycle Economic growth Fiscal policy Taxes Expenditures The deficit or national debt Monetary policy The Federal Reserve Interest rate Balance of payments These categories are very broad, and you should narrow your topic down to a more specific topic that would fit within one of these general categories. . Please feel free to ask me for guidance at any point in the process. I would recommend that you choose your topic by February 15 at the latest so that you can focus on your theme for the semester. The final paper should be a 4 page typed, double-spaced paper (not including article summaries, title page, graphs, tables and bibliography). The focus of the paper will be an analysis of the issue you have chosen based on the current articles you have used. You should also consider using extra sources to enhance your paper; there may be good sources written before July 1. Your paper should include an explanation of relevant macroeconomic terms and concepts, a positive aspect and a normative element. You must include one graph or chart in the paper, and discuss it within the text of the paper. Cite your sources by number only (for example, ), not by author. In the bibliography, there should be acorresponding number for each citation, followed by the bibliographic information. Use a standard bibliographic format, such as the Turabian Guide or Chicago Style. (http://library.osu.edu/help/research-strategies/cite-references/turabian/). At the top of the bibliography page, write “Bibliography”; in parentheses under the title,indicate the bibliographic style you have used (e.g., “Formatted according to the Turabian Guide”). The papershould not include long passages enclosed in quotation marks. The paper is to be submitted in electronic formatin the Dropbox on the Carmen website. It will be submitted through Turnitin. Key things to remember – define economics terms in your paper, include a visual (graph, chart, cartoon) and discuss it. Don’t worry about being completely up to date, since conditions are changing fast in our economy. I don’t expect that you are discussing things that have happened over the last few days. At some point, you need to cut off, and improve what you have already written about. Make certain you are presenting your viewpoint within the paper. What do you think of current policies? What is working? What isn’t? What would you suggest? Paper Grading Rubric Part 1 – formatting, grammar, spelling – 10 points I do not require any specific style of formatting, but be consistent. Proofread, proofread, proofread! Errors in spelling and grammar are unacceptable given the technology available. Make certain that sentences are complete! Minimum of 3 pages, not including graph/chart/bibliography/title page Part 3 – content – 45 points Brief introduction and brief conclusion Explanation of macroeconomic concepts utilized in your theme Connect articles to your theme Use of other sources Graph and/or chart utilized effectively Part 4 – analysis – 45 points Evidence of reflective and critical thought Ideas are logical, clear, compelling, relevant Empirical evidence used to support Student’s viewpoint demonstrated
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