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Econ Essay Guidelines

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Paper Assignment Guidelines You are to use a principle or principles discussed in the course to pose and answer a question about some pattern of events or behavior that you have observed. Your limit is 500 words in length. But this is only the upper limit— excellent papers can be shorter than that. There is no need to use complex terminology; you can assume that the reader of the paper has never had an economics course. The best papers will be ones that are clearly intelligible to a non-economist. The title of your paper must be a question. The essay then answers the question. You do not have to prove that your answer is correct, it can be viewed as an intelligent hypothesis suitable for further refinement and testing. But you must use a principle (e.g. cost/benefit principle or demand/supply) to supply a plausible answer to the question. No bibliography is required, but your paper must be typed, double spaced with
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Unformatted text preview: standard margins, and be free of spelling and grammatical mistakes. Grading will reflect use of economic principles, quality of writing, and creativity. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade. Due Dates: The paper is due no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 21. Please hand in a hardcopy of your paper. No electronic copies will be accepted. Sample questions : (these are samples—you are to ask your own question) Why do most American cities now have more tattoo parlors and fewer watch repair shops than in 1972? Why do keypad buttons on drive-up automatic teller machines have Braille buttons? If free trade is so great, why do so many people oppose it? Could a reduction in the supply of illegal drugs cause an increase in drug-related burglaries? Why are gasoline prices so much less stable than automobile prices? Why are cars smaller in Europe than in the U.S.?...
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