Guidelines for Make-up/Extra Credit Assignments

Guidelines for Make-up/Extra Credit Assignments
ECON 220 and ECON 221

Make-up/extra credit assignments are brief papers using a recent (less than one year old) article from a newspaper, magazine, or reputable on-line source on an economics-related topic. You do not need to include a copy of the article but you must provide a complete citation for the article (name of publication, date, article title, and author’s name, if given).

You can use these papers to replace points lost because of a missed assignment or as extra credit. You can do up to 6 make-up/extra credit papers and they are worth 5 points each. They must be typed, double-spaced, on 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper, using 12 point type. Please put each one on a separate piece of paper. (Don’t run them together on the same page.) I will accept these papers up to and including the day of our final exam.

Each paper must be two paragraphs long. In the first paragraph, summarize the main points of the article. In the second paragraph, describe how the article contents relate to our class. (In other words, connect the subject of the article to the economic principles covered in our textbook.)

NOTE: These papers must be in standard paragraph form. Separate your paragraphs by a blank line and indent to clearly show the beginning of each paragraph. Do not use graphs, formulas, or bullet lists. A well-written paragraph would typically include more than one sentence.

For ECON 220 (Macroeconomics), choose an article with a national or international perspective on GDP, economic growth, the performance of the economy, inflation, unemployment, international trade, fiscal policy, or monetary policy. (In other words, the article should focus on the economy as a whole).

For ECON 221 (Microeconomics), choose an article that focuses on a particular product or service, a particular company, or a particular industry. (In other words, the article should focus on a specific market).

Our MyEconLab website includes a handy source of economic news articles that may be used for this assignment. To find them, go to the homepage for our course.

From the menu on the left-hand side, click on News.

Under “Economics in the News,” click on View the latest news update

Try the highlighted article(s) or scroll to the bottom of the page to “Click here for more Economics in the News” to find articles for each chapter of our text.