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Kristin Chen Emelie Peine World Inc. 10/30/2007 Possible Research Topics # Topic Description 1. Sub-prime mortgage loans financial crisis The sub-prime mortgage financial crisis is the sharp rise in foreclosures in the subprime mortgage market that began in the US in 2006 and became a global crisis in 2007. Rising interest rates have caused many to default on their loans creating a catastrophe in the credit markets. Many mortgage lenders have filed for bankruptcy and some hedge funds have even become worthless. I would research why the reason for it as well as its implications for the economy and what people are doing to fix the problems caused and prevent it from happening again. 2. Effect of ethanol on world food prices Soaring food prices, driven in part by demand for ethanol made from corn, have helped slash the amount of food aid the government buys to its lowest level in a decade, possibly resulting in more hungry people around the world this year. Some advocates for the poor say rising food
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Unformatted text preview: prices could benefit poor farmers in developing countries, providing them with markets and decent prices for their crops. But others warn that the growing use of food crops to make fuel, especially if stoked by large subsidies in rich countries, could substantially increase food prices. I would research the effects of ethanol on world food prices and compare whether the benefits of ethanol outweigh the impact on world food prices and explore other implications it may have. 3. Global warming/pollution and effects on the economy Most people highlight the environmental effects of global warming and pollution. I would research the possible economic implications of global warming and consequences that its environmental effects could have on the economy. I would also include some information about companies that significantly contribute to these problems and suggest alternatives that could lessen the impacts....
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2008 for the course D SOC 111 taught by Professor Peine,emelie during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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