Order Description
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:




Business cycle

Fiscal policy



The deficit or national debt

Monetary policy

The Federal Reserve

Interest rate

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, [1]), 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 “” 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