This assignment requires you to write a brief economic analysis of a newspaper article. The purpose of the assignment is to demonstrate that you can apply analytical tools that you learned in class to understanding current economic events. The newspaper article you select for your analysis must have been published sometime during the current semester.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING YOUR PAPER
?Your paper should be approximately three pages in length.
?The newspaper article you analyze must have been published sometime during this semester.
?The paper must be typed, but you may hand-draw graphs.
?The paper must be stapled together.
?Do not attach the newspaper article to you paper. However, please cite the source (name of newspaper), title of article, and page number of the news article in your paper.
?Your paper must include at least one graph. The axis of all graphs must be clearly labeled. Bar charts, pie charts, and time trends do not count as graphs (a time trend is a plot or graph of how an economic variable behaves over timee.g., over months, or years).
?Use the first paragraph of your paper to summarize the facts in the newspaper article that you plan to analyze.
?Select the newspaper article carefully for content that is applicable to the course. You may have to read several articles to find one that you can write about.
?Stay focused and concentrate on one or two key issues raised in the newspaper article. A good paper treats one or two issues in depth. A bad paper lacks focus and treats several issues superficially.
?Explain your graph(s). Your graph or graphs should be an integral part of your paper, and not simply and appendage. Carefully explain each of the curves or points on your graphs, why curves shift (if they do), and what the consequences are. Please try to integrate the graph into the main thesis of your paper.
?Use technical terms correctly and in good context.
?Avoid editorializingyour assignment is to write a technical paper. Avoid offering your opinions, especially when they are not backed by fact or analysis.
?Avoid overstatementsavoid using words like extremely, skyrocketing, drastic, etc. Using these is not consistent with good technical writing.