The research paper allows students to employ economic concepts (comparative adva
The research paper allows students to employ economic concepts (comparative advantage, aggregate supply and demand, unemployment, inflation, business cycles, fiscal policy, monetary policy, etc.) in a practical way to a macroeconomic problem, bridging the gap between theory and practice. Off Campus Library Services (OCLS) is an excellent source of peer-reviewed articles to start the research process. The research paper should clearly incorporate the economic analysis and topics of discussion covered in both the textbook and the workshops (as they pertain to the topic of research), and students should attempt to see business and social issues through the “lens” of economic logic. The conclusions arrived at by the student should reflect a deeper understanding of the “economic way of thinking.” suggested approach to the paper would be to divide it into six specific sections as follows:
Introduction: topic, statement of problem to be discussed
Objectives: thesis statement, what is the goal of the essay?
Method: the research method used: case study, books and newspaper/magazine articles, personal statistical research, or previously conducted statistical surveys
Findings and Observations: data, facts ascertained, and what did you discover?
Conclusions: interpretation, analysis of findings, arguments, personal comments and group opinions, consensus
Documentation: footnotes or endnotes, works cited, bibliography.
Sections a, b, and c (Introduction, Objectives, and Method) should not consume more than one to two pages of the final draft. The bulk of the research and writing should be concentrated in the d and e sections where discussion should occur, evaluation of theories should be conducted, and conclusions may be drawn.