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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ELLER COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS SPRING, 2009 Professor McBrearty INDV 103 SECTIONS 3 & 4 ISSUES PAPER ASSIGNMENT OBJECTIVE: The assignment is to write a five (5) page issues paper that explores the Economic pro’s and con’s of a present (preferably recently enacted) or proposed government (federal, state or local) intervention (law or ordinance) into the economy. You may choose any one of the following topics: Minimum/living wages (federal, state or local) De-criminalizing/legalizing various street drugs Rent controls (e.g. NYC or a number of NJ cities) Controlling health care costs Road/airport congestion pricing (e.g. cars in central London, Stockholm, Singapore, or airplanes at NYC Airports) Renewable/alternative fuels/energy independence Anti-poverty programs (e.g. TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid) Controlling costs of higher education Providing funding for higher education YOU MUST choose one of the above topics. While the primary focus of the paper assignment is to provide students with an in-depth introduction to explaining the economic pro’s and con’s of a specific public policy, a secondary goal is to introduce students to readily available research tools. Your paper must show evidence of scholarly research (not Wikipedia and blogs that have dubious authenticity). HELPFUL REFERENCES FOR INFORMATION: The Wall Street Journal The Economist Business Week The Journal of Economic Perspectives Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs , ISBN: 0577-5132 The New York Times Henderson (editor), The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics , Liberty Fund, 2007, ISBN: 978- 0-86597-666-5.
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Annual Editions: Economics 05/06 . Thirty-Third Edition, McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2004. ISBN: 007-291731-8 Miller , Benjamin & North , The Economics of Public Issues , Pearson Addison Wesley, Fifteenth Edition, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-321-41610-0. Arnold, How to Think Like an Economist , Thomson, 2005, ISBN: 0-324-01575-5. , Economics of Social Issues (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 18 th Edition, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-07-340280-2. Coyle, Sex, Drugs and Economics , Thomson, 2004, ISBN: 1-59799-182-9. Hard copy published in 2003 by Texere, ISBN: 1-58799-147-0. Moomaw & Olson, (Thomson, Seventh Edition, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-324-32166-1 Harford, The Undercover Economist , Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0195189779 , Elgar, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-84542-783-2. , William Morrow (Harper Collins), 2005. ISBN 0-06-073132- X. Lewis, Are the Rich Necessary ? Axios Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-9753662-02. , ELGAR (2007), ISBN: 978-1- 84542-500-5. The Environment in Crisis
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