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 August 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:
The deficit or national debt
The Federal Reserve
The final paper should be a 3-4 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 August 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 a corresponding number for each citation, followed by the bibliographic information. Use a standard bibliographic format, such as the Turabian Guide or Chicago Style. ( HYPERLINK “http://library.osu.edu/help/research-strategies/cite-references/turabian/” 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 paper should not include long passages enclosed in quotation marks.
Paper Grading Rubric
Part 1 – formatting, grammar, spelling – 10 points
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
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